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Polish artist Paweł Kuczyński is an illustrator who combines social commentary and satire in his work to create thought-provoking pieces. The artist invites us to step back and consider the absurdities that are present in our lives. Kuczynski's illustrations force us to question accepted norms and reassess real priorities.

In times of pressing global challenges such as protecting data privacy, ongoing wars, inequality, poverty, and environmental degradation, Paweł's illustrations become even more relevant. The artist suggests rethinking the role of technologies such as Facebook in our lives and emphasizes that these tools themselves are neutral; their purpose and impact depend on how we use them.

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Bored Panda reached out to Paweł Kuczyński to ask a couple of questions related to his artwork. First, we wanted to know how the artist decided on the themes and subjects for his illustrations. Kuczynski told us: “On one hand, my illustrations are the result of observing the modern world with its new technologies and the interpersonal relationships associated with them. On the other hand, it is connected to my professional work as a press illustrator and the articles I receive on various topics.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Funny how banks can "forgive" (i forgot the word, sorry) billions of dollars to the ultra rich but not a few thousands to an average joe

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The second question we wanted to know was if there are any artists or illustrators who have influenced Paweł’s work. Kuczyński said: “I have an academic education (I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan) and it had an influence on my artistic path mainly from a formal perspective. There are many old masters who have influenced my artistic skills. However, the content, sense of humor, and satire present in my works are the result of my own "journey," which consists of experience and the people I have encountered in my life.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this symbolism...an ocean of reading material and learning, compared to a quick dip into a search and find machine

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Watching it at home? Far away from it in the comfort of your house? Wrong. The war is all around you, violence and uncertainty wait just outside the door, as you sit passively on your couch drinking beer

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Next, we were wondering how Kuczyński sees the role of surrealism in his work, and we found out that: “I often encounter this question, but it seems to me that my artwork has little to do with Surrealism. My works may give such an impression due to the use of certain unreal juxtapositions and may resemble the atmosphere of Magritte's and other artists' paintings. However, in my case, this technique is aimed at emphasizing a specific issue in the real world rather than attempting to escape to other dimensions. One could say that the surrealism in my works may arise from the surreal reality that surrounds us.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ocean is not a trash can. The ocean creatures are not our trash can. But we treat them as so.

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When asked about some particularly challenging projects Paweł has worked on in his career, he answered: “For the past two years, I have been working for an American website/blog focusing on new technologies, software, and various computer-related topics. I have created over 220 pieces, and it has been a great challenge for me because the subjects were not easy. You can see the results here.

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nothing wrong with this one, in fact I wish more people would do this.

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Considering Paweł Kuczyński has worked with a range of media outlets and clients, we were interested in how the artist adapts his art to suit different audiences. The illustrator told us: “It's important to be flexible and listen patiently. I have no problems illustrating various topics, often very different from each other. I adapt to the client's needs. However, I always strive to add my own touch to the work.”

We also asked how Paweł stays inspired and motivated as an artist, and he answered: “We live in an information overload. Media surrounds us from all sides, and even false information can be inspiring. I have no problem with motivation; it's just a lack of time that becomes the challenge.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't really understand the appeal of plastic surgery. Each to their own I guess, but I plan to grow old disgracefully and slide into death all used up and rough as guts!

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Finally, we wanted to know how Kuczyński's work has evolved over the course of his career, and where he sees himself going in the future. The artist said: “I started my journey with illustration by participating in satirical drawing competitions. During that time, I won over 150 awards worldwide. Currently, I work more on commissioned projects for various publishers. While it provides stability in my professional life, sometimes I miss the freedom I had in expressing my own ideas, as I did during the competitions. I think in the future, I will try to return to pursuing my own observations. Perhaps I will consider creating a personal album or publication.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people get stuck in a loop of manufacturing the basic elements necessary for large businesses to create advanced weapons of mass destruction.

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Facebook what big eyes you have. Face book what big ears you have. Facebook what big teeth you have.

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Spilling his dirty laundry to the priest in hopes of washing his sins away

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The government that was supposed to be of, by, and for the people has become the enemy of the people now run by the untouchable elite, many of whom got filthy rich from our own tax dollars which they also use against us with (what should be) illegal laws and policies that don't apply to them and militarized police forces to keep us afraid and under control (they've been super successful polarizing us too for that very same reason!) Notice that it's their butler doing all their dirty work for them too so they can keep their hands clean and so maybe, just maybe, the butler might just take all/most of the blame himself

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We really should get rid of credit cards. The happiest people I know from a financial standpoint have never used them or use them carefully.

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9 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's pulling the 1940s radio off the table because he's a fan of Big Band music, and his butt is cold?

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kinda what happens when you’re on it all the time, though. To be fair, I have this neck from reading. Working on correcting my posture

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok please don't come at me, I'm autistic and have a hard time understanding things, please tell me what this post means 😭 all I can think is that it's being sexist and saying women go from one guy to another

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Library with book doors??? I wanna read whatever is in the large one

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