Cristina Bernazzani (Nuvolanevicata on Depositphotos) lives in a small Italian town between Lecco and Monza. Besides being a full-time social health worker, she is one of the Depositphotos top contributors with 30 years of experience in illustration.

The artist has a recurring theme in her works — the problems and vices faced by a modern society which she illustrates by focusing on individuals. The topic may seem complex and sad but Cristina manages to present them in such a way that instead of sadness and despair, her audience feels hope and becomes more aware of what’s going on around them.

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Martin Kaine
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1 year ago

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw.

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We recently spoke with Cristina about what inspires her and how she manages to keep an ironic outlook on things during these turbulent times. You can find numerous allusions to famous surreal artworks including ones by Rene Magritte while scrolling Cristina’s portfolio. However, she also appreciates the genre of magical realism. 

"Magritte remains a dreamer whose poetic vision is still relevant today. He has certainly been my favorite reference, the one I feel closest to. And magic realism is more contemporary, it reflects our present. Authors like Rob Gonsalves or Pail Bond are really important to me," said Cristina Bernazzani.

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Nubis Knight
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1 year ago

Sadly won't be long anymore. The last very dry Summers dried out the forrest lake at my town - in Germany. Climate change for real. And the countries on the south half will be hit even harder. :-/

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Why?
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1 year ago

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Plato

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Cristina Bernazzani has been creating illustrations for almost 30 years. During this time, a lot has changed in the industry. She started out as an author of botanical illustrations for the editorial studio and then worked for a long time as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines.

This is how she describes this phase of her career: “Once upon a time, newspapers and magazines were important for information and knowledge, a very long time ago! My way of being led me to create images related to imaginative contexts (initially tests and horoscopes). Later I used the images to lighten up and explore more serious topics”.

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Why?
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1 year ago

Maybe being an airhead isn't so bad after all.

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Willow
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1 year ago

Beautiful

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These days, Cristina is using illustration as a way to highlight important social issues and raise awareness among her audience. The irony, cheerful palettes, and optimism are her main creative tools.

“I think it's much harder to make someone laugh than cry. Сreating images that make people laugh or even smile is my ongoing challenge “, she says.

According to the artist, some painful topics such as war or social inequality are best revealed through images that can arouse empathy rather than scare. She sees her task in drawing attention to certain problems and raising tolerance through optimistic images.

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Grace Joann Ward
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1 year ago

my favorite

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LesAnimaux
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1 year ago

Controlling

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Her ideas for future magic realism illustrations come to her while she observes something around her, listens to others, asks them questions, or even compares herself with colleagues worldwide.

“To realize an idea, I start with a notebook, a pencil, and a quiet moment. In this way, I can rearrange my memories and feelings. The technique for making a drawing varies depending on the moment, in these weeks I prefer the digital technique”, she told us.

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Brenda Owens
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1 year ago

Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.

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Piper McLean
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1 year ago

The magic of books

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Colors are meaningful for Cristina Bernazzani. In her recent work, crypto art and especially works by digital artist Extraweg have become the reference for color choices.

Cristina comments on this: “This is the imagery that is influencing me nowadays, the colors are becoming brighter and more cheerful. When it seems that everything has already been said, here comes this reality that distorts our thoughts, and new ways open up to go on in this journey”.

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Shain
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1 year ago

the dude is so cute actually )

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ShyFox Studios
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1 year ago

Wow. Much wow.

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The dream of the artist is that “one day all the different people will all be able to live together, more responsibly and selflessly”. She likes to reveal the problems of society, referring to the personal experience of her audience, as well as archetypes, and even some famous people.

“For strictly satirical images, both political and economic leaders are an amazing source of inspiration. Then there are the archetypes that convey complex concepts in a way that everyone can understand and art is full of them. Without an audience that can understand, what can an image be useful for?”, she reflects.

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Timothy Patel
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1 year ago

Women help their children reach higher heights than they do.

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b o o p
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1 year ago

predators.

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For Cristina, a Depositphotos portfolio is not just an opportunity to earn extra money but a powerful platform for self-expression. With the help of microstock, the artist can communicate with a large audience, as well as understand what people are interested in today.

Cristina commented on the perks of microstock for artists: “Irony is a powerful tool to stir consciences and ideas remain the most important thing for me, but you need to have a place to publish your works. Microstock agencies have played a primary role in this sense, for years publishers have been relying on them to find the right images, so nowadays it is crucial to be present on these websites”.

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Hugo A-niro
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1 year ago

Highlight yourself

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DKS 001
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1 year ago

from this I get two-faced, or liar. Like the kind you find online - they present themselves as one thing, but in reality they are something else

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Even if you are not an artist, you still have a lot to learn from Cristina Bernazzani. Her attentiveness, love for people, creativity, sensitivity, and belief in the best in all of us is something very admirable that we can all appreciate.

Here is an interesting piece of the puzzle she told us about her creative pursuits: “My hobby is actually drawing, it’s the most exciting and fulfilling part of my life, while my full-time job is being a social health worker — and being a mother and a daughter too. I take inspiration from my job for most of my drawings: a crowd of characters populates all my days. And I hope that my works will be seen as my gesture of love and hope for those who have the opportunity to stop and look”. Follow Cristina to see new works in her portfolio!

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Sarah Burrell
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1 year ago

Home is where the heart is.

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Lu Mxmo
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1 year ago

Dialogue = union

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Harry Potter
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1 year ago

The child inside

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tmw
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1 year ago

a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

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Hugo A-niro
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1 year ago

There. Are always things to reach for

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Janet P Schwartz
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1 year ago

we see other people the way we want to see them--not as they actually are.

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ShyFox Studios
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1 year ago

A mere smile can lift the load of darkness and brighten yours and others' day.

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Grace Joann Ward
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1 year ago

that is awesome

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Hugo A-niro
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1 year ago

Time and life. They are one

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emoji gal
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1 year ago

awwwww there love will stay forever even in certain doom

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Mina Minx
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1 year ago

Reminds me of Dali

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Hugo A-niro
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1 year ago

Is that water?

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Janet P Schwartz
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1 year ago

look at the window. his side is open. her side is partially closed in his direction. he looks up to her.she looks down on him. he looks up at her with longing. offering the apple. she isn't considering what he's offering, she's considering HIM. she isn't even seeing the apple--her window blocks her view of it. men think women will want them for what they can offer her--but women consider men for who they ARE, not what they HAVE. especially if the woman is more mature.

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Basil Merriweather
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1 year ago

genie: you get 3 wishes Person: Tea, lots and lots of tea

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Bellamy John
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1 year ago

Anybody else think of aliens when they first saw it?

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ShyFox Studios
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1 year ago

We must learn to leave or molds, and live our dreams, and explore the world.

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Purr·maid
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1 year ago (edited)

They were destined for each other. Where she's weak, he's strong and vice versa.

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Mark Howell
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1 year ago

Sometimes what you love, you have to let go ...

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Always aim higher!

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Demongrrrrl
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1 year ago

Me, when I wake up in the morning.

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Janet P Schwartz
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1 year ago

how to fight anxiety disorder. focus on the wonders, and not the precarious

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Demongrrrrl
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1 year ago

What mask should I wear today? (Who should I pretend to be?)

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Purr·maid
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1 year ago

The masks we wear.

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Demongrrrrl
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1 year ago

Piramus and Thisbe? (Ovid, also Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream").

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bookshellf
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1 year ago

you are the key to unlock life's many treasures.

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tmw
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1 year ago

we are burdened by our possessions. we are tied to our belongings.

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Purr·maid
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1 year ago

Kind of like texting someone who doesn't reply back.

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Hau Xuan Lanh
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1 year ago

This is deep. I like it.

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Evan Tambolang
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1 year ago

We are our own home

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Mina Minx
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1 year ago

If catch 22 was a pic

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