Art is a powerful form of expression, not just of beauty and aesthetic quality, but of ideas and protest as well. Cuban artist Angel Boligán is a master of this, delivering incredibly insightful critiques on the ills of the modern world within the confines of a single, beautifully drawn cartoon.


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Boligán, who now lives in Mexico City after being invited to work at El Universal, one of the country's major newspapers, has received countless international awards and worldwide recognition for the way he highlights the rampant consumerism, loneliness, addiction and over-reliance on technology in Western society. "I am a social caricaturist, a graphic chronicler of the era in which we live," he told Bored Panda. "My drawings are usually conceptual, I like to provoke a smile accompanied by some reflection."

In his 38 years of working as a cartoonist Boligán's work has changed graphically, but he sees issues that have been recurrent in his work and are still very much relevant today. "Satire is a whip against these extreme leaders of our days," he explains. "It is a pity that humans do not learn from our history and our mistakes and we are again invaded by extremism, selfishness, blindness and mediocrity."

"The caricature does not kill anyone but it can stir the conscience. Intelligent, committed and honest humor connects with people, and I believe that we are each a very valuable grain of sand in the construction of a better world."

Boligán is inspired by life and society, and is a "hunter of ideas, emotions and the absurdities that are happening between us." He takes slices of humor, graphics, metaphors and a little poetry, and serves them up in ink with a touch of watercolor. And while he is happy in Mexico, Cuba is most definitely in his heart. "Of Cuba it is true, I left," he told us. "But I never abandoned!"

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of our favorite examples of Boligán's work, cartoons that will make you stop, think and perhaps realize the absurdity of our selfish and wasteful capitalist culture, which is slowly killing our relationships, our mental health and the planet we all call home.

Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1 Last Bite

Last Bite

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#2 The Rest Of The World

The Rest Of The World

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Grace Rule 2 weeks ago

unfortunately true

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#3 New Faces Of Politics

New Faces Of Politics

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 2 weeks ago

I think that politics will destroy human society 😿

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#4 Life's Labyrinth

Life's Labyrinth

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Jeff 2 weeks ago

Am I the only one that noticed there is no way to solve it?

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#5 Playing Outside

Playing Outside

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Kostas 2 weeks ago

this is BS. kids today do both. Boligan never met a kid

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#6 Friendship Request

Friendship Request

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athornedrose 2 weeks ago

i have never met a pet owner that cared more about tech than their pet. ever.

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#7 Memories

Memories

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Last Hurrah 2 weeks ago

Shadows of days gone by.

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#8 Water Business

Water Business

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 2 weeks ago

It’s not so hard to just use reusable water bottles

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#9 Genders

Genders

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Enuya 2 weeks ago

That is really sad. I don't say that EVERY man thinks he is better than women. I know many men who are really reasonable and supporting. But it is true that even really smart and understanding ones sometimes find it hard to accept that a woman (especially young or attractive) can be as intelligent as them.

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#10 Job Interview

Job Interview

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A B C 2 weeks ago

Now come on, that one's a bit unrealistic... [...] have you seen her neck? Nobody has such a neck!

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