Rafael Alvarez is a Spanish illustrator whose works portray painfully familiar scenarios. Except the artist creates his illustrations in a way that highlights a completely different angle. An angle that is usually quite shocking.

The ability to shock seems to be a vital component of the artist's illustrations - even required to challenge the minds of content readers whose attention span gets only smaller with each passing day. According to the artist, although it's difficult, it's important to tell the difference between sensationalism and truth or else we run a risk of losing our critical thinking and ability to care about anything at all.

So scroll down and see for yourself!

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Phoebe Bean 4 months ago

Student loans do that.

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Anna Lourie 4 months ago

the longer you look, the stranger it gets.

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Olga Posedaru 4 months ago

Nice touch with the cannon going through a picture of Miss Liberty.

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The Texting Trap

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Blakkur Sverrir 4 months ago

Actually selling this kind of "mobile phone holder" would probably lower the number af accidents

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In Weiter Ferne, So Nah

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Giovanni 4 months ago (edited)

I Know that this probably has a profound meaning, but the only thing that it says to me is: she had a wild party but mom called over skype before she could fix the mess, nothing negative.

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The Right Wrench

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Kimberly Weixel 4 months ago (edited)

Looks like the federal reserve eating away at retirement savings by printing more money & causing inflation.

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Vanessa Galvan 4 months ago

Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.

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The Threat Of The In-Cels

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Miklós Nagy 4 months ago

So, that geek is actually a sexual predator who is looking at his new victim?

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Jasmine PT 4 months ago

Damn when I looked at the phone though. This shows people marry for the wrong reasons and are not ready to get married. She can't even realistically love her new husband. Eventually the VR glasses will have to come off.

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Night Owl 4 months ago

Video game monsters coming to life and looks like the son lost. The rest of the family looks so happy they beat him in the game they don't even mind the monsters are getting him. Well, video games do try to be immersive

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Johanna Kidd 4 months ago

To some children, the machiens of war is all they know!

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Phoebe Bean 4 months ago

So depressing these illustrations. I'll go and see the cute foxes pictures by the Finnish photographer.

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Kenny Kulbiski 4 months ago

I really like this one but if it has a message other than romance is nice I'm missing it.

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Dorothy Parker 4 months ago

The freedom of the press is grave danger. The pOTUS bans certain reporters because they challenge him. If you can't stand up the press, how can you stand up to the rest of us? People are being told don't believe the press, fake news. There has always been propaganda and lies (remember the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?) However, we have stood up to it. Now the press is being silenced. Welcome to the Gulag.

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In Weiter Ferne, So Nah

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Anna Lourie 4 months ago

the same pic, two times? and a german text above? I don't think this one is from the spanish illustrator, especially because they look alike but have different styles.

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Hendra Lim 4 months ago

school is a battle royale?

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Baron Simone Von Bianco 4 months ago

The only meaning I get is that the "painter" (very unskilled) just used an "artistic" pretest to see the girl naked, like the ancient excuse "I'm a producer and I'm going to make you a star". After some time she'll ask him "how it's going?" and he, with a long string of drool next to the side of his mouth..."hmmm ? ah yes! fine, very fine". Just a simple pervert, no hidden powerful message hidden anywhere.

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Vanessa Galvan 4 months ago

I think this is very few people are real anymore or very few people see things as they truly are.

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What Could Go Wrong?

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Sonder Along 4 months ago

Welcome to the shark tank.

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I_Am_Goober 4 months ago

Well of Course she is going to die if you sit on her.

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Vanessa Galvan 4 months ago

We've strayed from the true spirit of Christmas for the sake of material things.

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Honing Your Job

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

The decisions and mental health of past generations can have an impact on the future.

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"Circuit Builders"

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Michelle Dodson 4 months ago

Addiction.

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"Circuit Builders"

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Amanda Ferraz 4 months ago

Is it the same couple of the other vein drawing?

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"Circuit Builders"

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Last Hurrah 4 months ago

Another illustration for the short story "Circuit Builders" by Don Peteroy, published in Playboy Magazine.

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Sonder Along 4 months ago

Victims are everywhere and the other half of the population is only now starting to wake up to that. (Hint: Look at the two women. They both look worried. The men have their backs turned and seem oblivious except for the one reading the paper.)

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Roberto Durante 4 months ago

great illustrator, great artist

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