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.

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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Community Member
2 years ago

Sadly

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#2

The Rest Of The World

The Rest Of The World

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Grace Rule
Community Member
2 years ago

unfortunately true

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#3

New Faces Of Politics

New Faces Of Politics

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2 years ago

I think that politics will destroy human society 😿

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#4

Life's Labyrinth

Life's Labyrinth

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2 years ago

Death is whimsical today

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#5

Playing Outside

Playing Outside

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2 years ago

In today’s modern society this happens. It’s really sad

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#6

Friendship Request

Friendship Request

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Kostas
Community Member
2 years ago

how old is this. kids don't do FB

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#7

Memories

Memories

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Community Member
2 years ago

Aw 😿

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#8

Water Business

Water Business

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Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#9

Genders

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Enuya
Community Member
2 years 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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Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t understand this one

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#11

Family Portrait With A Macho

Family Portrait With A Macho

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Turnip and a Frog
Community Member
2 years ago

This one’s is so true. Feeding on devotion, care and life force of the other. Wearing a mask of a “real man”, protective and strong on the outside, but just a simple bully to his family. Very clever representation.

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#12

Help

Help

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Helen Leeds
Community Member
2 years ago

Sad but true

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#13

The Sweetest Kiss

The Sweetest Kiss

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

The softest kiss

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#14

Neighbours And Borders

Neighbours And Borders

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2 years ago

Does milking a cow hurt it?

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#15

Green Tears

Green Tears

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Nancy Pumpergast
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww

#16

Love And Generations

Love And Generations

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incoherent screaming
Community Member
2 years ago

I want what the older couple has... just sweet small things

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#17

Parenting

Parenting

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 years ago

Conveys the emotion as intended, as all art should evoke an emotional response. Beautiful and touching. I love this.

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#18

Grandfather

Grandfather

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Enuya
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh. I understand what is the point of this picture, but it itself is pretty creepy.

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#19

Divorce

Divorce

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2 years ago

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My parents got divorced and it broke my heart. Parents need to think of there children before a divorce

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#20

Abortion, Women And Politics

Abortion, Women And Politics

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Cruel

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#21

Fake News

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brandon sat
Community Member
2 years ago

yep....lies, lies, lies...most people still trust the MSM wholeheartedly

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#22

Trap Touch

Trap Touch

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Community Member
2 years ago

True

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#23

Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Little good has ever been done by carrying a gun - other than shooting the bad guy who also has a gun. Take guns out of the equation Trump - dont just suggest teachers carry them or that there need to be armed guards at religious services just in case a nutcase who has LEGALLY bought weapons decides to use them

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#24

Populism

Populism

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

love this one

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#25

Shepherd

Shepherd

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Jordy Star
Community Member
2 years ago

his staff is an F for facebook

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#26

Corrupt Public Worker

Corrupt Public Worker

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Totally a Dragon
Community Member
2 years ago

?

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#27

Alleged Offenders

Alleged Offenders

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athornedrose
Community Member
2 years ago

why alleged? there's proof of actual abuse. just cause it's not all of them, doesnt make it untrue.

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#28

Walls And Liberties

Walls And Liberties

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Bastien Mahoux
Community Member
2 years ago

Funny, I saw this more like a mortgage that anchor you at one place and does not allow you to go live wherever you want.

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#29

Displaced

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H. von Roon
Community Member
2 years ago

Ouch. Just ouch. The heartbreak of the empathetic person that I am for every refugee attempting to escape genocide in the world today quite literally hurts. If only we could act as a truly global society of civilized creatures.

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#30

Vampire

Vampire

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Hańka
Community Member
2 years ago

It's just sweet!

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#31

Interests Pushing

Interests Pushing

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FatBaby
Community Member
2 years ago

yes

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#32

Migrant's Destination

Migrant's Destination

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Kevin Camp
Community Member
2 years ago

It has always been my firm belief that everywhere else is very similar to where you are, just more or less assholes to deal with.

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#33

Gourmet Dish

Gourmet Dish

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Person2638
Community Member
2 years ago

This one isn't really a 'problem.'

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#34

Capitalist Pet

Capitalist Pet

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Community Member
2 years ago

oh no

#35

Soul

Soul

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#36

Migrant Family Portrait

Migrant Family Portrait

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Fasolka
Community Member
2 years ago

Very true and very touching :(

#37

Duel In The Hospital

Duel In The Hospital

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Philoslothical
Community Member
2 years ago

You can see the patient's hand pressing the doctor's, trying to make Death win. He doesn't want his life prolonged.

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#38

Modern Times

Modern Times

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Kostas
Community Member
2 years ago

this is stupid. books/tv/internet. people do many things

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#39

Prisoner Of Myself

Prisoner Of Myself

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Nancy Pumpergast
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow... Nice

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#40

Socialism / Capitalism

Socialism / Capitalism

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

There is plenty of room between the two extremes. Capitalism/libertarianism is too little government regulation, Communism is too much.

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#41

Displaced By The Gods

Displaced By The Gods

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#42

Bilateral Relationship

Bilateral Relationship

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#43

Anti-Corruption Spray

Anti-Corruption Spray

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

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The Son of Man

#44

Internet

Internet

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2 years ago

Sadly true

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#45

Pay Day

Pay Day

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Amanda Ford
Community Member
2 years ago

Pardon my ignorance, what does tienda mean?

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#46

Republican Inspection

Republican Inspection

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MJ
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2 years ago

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Democratic Inspection you mean. They're the ones giving away free stuff to illegals, while leaving veterans on the streets...

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#47

Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

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Jilltdcatlady
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't tell, is this one of those school/church protection guns? Or is it one of those kill 'em all and let God sort them out guns?

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#48

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

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Amanda Raynes
Community Member
2 years ago

Thats deep

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#49

Masculine Conflict

Masculine Conflict

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Kevin Camp
Community Member
2 years ago

The dilemna of life, always been this way.

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#50

Institutional Blindness

Institutional Blindness

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Jordy Star
Community Member
2 years ago

and those they do "see" are black men who are innocently slaughtered in the street like dogs

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#51

Tv Abuse

Tv Abuse

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
2 years ago

The TV as babysitter. Poisening the children's minds with adds on how happy they will be if they only have this toy or that game or such shirt.

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#52

Reading Lesson

Reading Lesson

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Kostas
Community Member
2 years ago

actually this is a good thing to know. just some brain exercise.

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#53

Future

Future

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Katnip WickerBasket
Community Member
2 years ago

NOOO LE PETIT PRINCE

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#54

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

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Hańka
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2 years ago

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This is beautiful!

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#55

Access To Politics

Access To Politics

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Turnip and a Frog
Community Member
2 years ago

Love it. Such a simple trick, the high heels at the bottom of the stairs and it speaks so loud and moving.

#56

Power And Censorhip

Power And Censorhip

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#57

Anchor

Anchor

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Jenny Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

Facebook is the worst.

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#58

Easy Meal

Easy Meal

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, we mostly do not have to hunt or trace animals to eat them .. we just go to store.

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#59

Souvenir

Souvenir

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Jilltdcatlady
Community Member
2 years ago

Didn't this... wasn't this in the new testament?

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#60

Freedom Of Speech

Freedom Of Speech

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Helen Leeds
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautifully depiction of the problem

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#61

Neoliberal Government

Neoliberal Government

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#62

Food For Kids

Food For Kids

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Sad - that kids cannot imagine a world without mobile phones or the internet

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#63

Health

Health

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TheBlackPanda
Community Member
2 years ago

Bottoms up!🍻

#64

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

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Community Member
2 years ago

im confused

#65

The Old Tale

The Old Tale

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

The USA: A nation of sheep, ruled by wolves and owned by swine.

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#66

Facenstein

Facenstein

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brandon sat
Community Member
2 years ago

yep...puppets!!!

#67

Consumed Consumer

Consumed Consumer

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Kevin Camp
Community Member
2 years ago

Chains of your own making, willing locked to your wrist.

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#68

The Best Mirror

The Best Mirror

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Community Member
2 years ago

7 yrs of bad luck

#69

The Risk Of Living

The Risk Of Living

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Helen Leeds
Community Member
2 years ago

Another great depiction of the concept

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#70

Party-Liner Media

Party-Liner Media

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#71

Conceiving Day

Conceiving Day