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!

More info: alvarezrafa.com

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Artist Makes Illustrations That Will Hardly Ever Come Out Of Your Mind

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Student loans do that.

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Anna Lourie
Community Member
1 year ago

the longer you look, the stranger it gets.

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Olga Posedaru
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#4

The Texting Trap

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#5

In Weiter Ferne, So Nah

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Giovanni
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

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Vanessa Galvan
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#8

The Threat Of The In-Cels

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Jasmine PT
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

school is a battle royale?

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Baron Simone Von Bianco
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

David Viesta
Community Member
1 year ago

Or maybe they forgot to tell the man it was a costume party.

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Sonder Along
Community Member
1 year ago

The two introverts at the party. XD

John Doe
Community Member
1 year ago

top-left, by the window- that's me. not the party kind, nor worthy of highlighting

the Lemon Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

Makes me think of a line in a song "Hoping our lie doesn't fade/in this masquerade" lyrics up for interpretation but I see it as hoping the lies we tell others about ourselves don't fall to bits, because then they will see the true us and that's terrifying,

Liz Morea
Community Member
1 year ago

He' the only one not tripping.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
1 year ago

Everyone in life wears some sort of mask.

Red
Community Member
1 year ago

its all masks and facades

Amanda Lawshe
Community Member
1 year ago

The perfect person for you may be just across the room, if you could only see past the distractions

Dubem
Community Member
1 year ago

Who else noticed the lion and the leopard....?? Scary.

Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
1 year ago

When you want to be with someone else

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 year ago

My immediate thought was "The Mask of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe. Wild gaiety while danger walks among the revelers.

Grazina Strolia
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyone notice the jaguar in the middle?

Grazina Strolia
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, and that everything outside is upside-down?

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#19

What Could Go Wrong?

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Sonder Along
Community Member
1 year ago

Welcome to the shark tank.

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I_Am_Goober
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Vanessa Galvan
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#22

Honing Your Job

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SunflowersAreGold
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#23

"Circuit Builders"

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Michelle Dodson
Community Member
1 year ago

Addiction.

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#24

"Circuit Builders"

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Amanda Ferraz
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it the same couple of the other vein drawing?

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"Circuit Builders"

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Last Hurrah
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Sonder Along
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

great illustrator, great artist

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