Observations of modern society, our habits and obsessions, are an important tool to have as we try to make sense of a rapidly changing world.

Sometimes we need to step back, slow down and look at ourselves with fresh eyes. Only then do the absurdities and flaws that we seem to have accepted as the norm become evident, and we can begin to question them.

Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski is an absolute master of this, combining powerful social commentary and satire with beautifully illustrated pieces, to make us sit back and reassess our priorities. “From the beginning I found that illustration was the best way to express my observations,” Pawel told Bored Panda. “I always say, that I'm an illustrator of a surrealistic time, so that is reflected in my work.”

Pawel began his career outside of his native Poland in order to focus on more global issues. “I wanted to be understandable for all peoples,” he told us. “I try not to speak directly about current problems. I try to find a wider view. Some times it's too wide! I receive many different kinds of opinion from people, that I'm old communist, liberal, fascist, conservative, anti-technological man, etc.”

In light of recent allegations surrounding Facebook and our data, the unjust wars that continue to rage around us, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation everywhere, these illustrations are highly relevant and deeply thought-provoking. What does Pawel think about the technology that we seem to be so in thrall to? “Facebook and other technological innovations are just the tools. It depends on us, for what kind of purposes we will use them.”

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

More info: Facebook | Online Shop

#1

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Barbara
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Two can keep a secret...if one of them isn't Facebook

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Jenn
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

just like humans of the world, instead of helping let's see how many likes I can get for this pic. sad times

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suspect he's telling us where the real pearls of wisdom are...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

stellermatt
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so if you stick your head out long enough and become a tree, someone will look after you?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We're paddling in the shallow pool of banality that is the internet, and ignoring an ocean of experience in the written word.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Jacqueline Sabrina Goldberg
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic! However I perceive a saturation point. You are all so preoccupied with your online presence that you're suffering from overkill panic attack. Afraid that your teenager only connects with others through ye web? Create an environment were they can do their stuff together. Like the old time playing hal

View more comments
#12

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Elizabeth Lazorchak
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The donkey is man and (s)he is being blinded by technology and can only see what's i front of them

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mmmmh... I welcome the potential downvotes, but I'll be the "black sheep" defending technology in this one. Pokemon Go was meant to get people out of their homes and go take a walk. Like Wii and Kinect, the concept is an effort to solve the problems of decreased physical activity caused by video games. I give it credit for that.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Heather Bateman
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OH--I think he's literally giving himself a physical disability (inability to fly)through poor diet (obesity)

View more comments
#19

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one is pretty meaningful. I think it's abuse at work. Including entertainment business. Anyone that's valuable, creative, and kind. Is grounded to leave traces in this world with their wings. But those teaces are really boring patterns. For the sake of maintaining status quo, so the money of the bad boss can stay safe.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only! I know what I'm going to say is not the message in this one, but I do wish all guns were replaced with selphy sticks.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

stellermatt
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

JDawn
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Justice is SO blind. If you are famous or rich enough you can get away with anything. Look at the past and even now. Trump admitted to grabbing women but instead of an investigation he was elected President

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

#27

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Rogue
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Legal immigrants are welcome, illegal - not so much. But too many people choose to ignore the "illegal" part over their bleeding hearts. Yet those very same people won't lift a finger to *actually* help any immigrant families. I am a legal immigrant myself by the way, but that doesn't matter .. I am pretty sure all the social justice warriors will downvote this to death.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

sh
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keeping nature under control so it doesn't slow down our "progress".

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

sh
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We treat nature like it's there only for our amusement; not like it's something alive itself. The Earth is our playground.

View more comments
#33

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Mia Collinson
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They’re saying that social media is a vast empire that’s ran by the best and humanity are the feeble slaves that build it and maintain it, in reality we’re just slaves to social media even if we’re the ones in control.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

G.D. Green
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The politicians supporting the gun industry are as lethal as the ammunition

View more comments
#39

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

sh
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will lie to your faces and you will not stop me, because I have the government on my side.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

mbergen
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt (And you could have it all My empire of dirt .... )

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#42

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

BunnyBlubber
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At one point she was at the top so its more of a cycle than whats depicted here. Those kids at the top will eventually spend their time on the bottom

View more comments
#44

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

sh
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A career in mobile development is now becoming as important as a surgeon. Sought after, highly skilled, graciously compensated.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#46

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Heather Bateman
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha! Anything out of a politician's mouth will come true when pigs fly

View More Replies...
View more comments
#48

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Helo Der
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's a war reporter (see the bullet proof vest, helmet, and video recording equipment). They're the ones on the front lines that carry the burden of the dead long before the bodies return home.

View more comments
#49

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Smoofy
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Again, making a killer seem prettier than it actually is.

View more comments
#50

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#51

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Jordy Star
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

dont judge a book by its cover. its just the tip of the iceberg there is much more beneath it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#52

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

sh
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll be steering this ship in the direction the media suggests I should.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#55

Satirical-Illustrations-Polish-Pawel-Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski Report

Shan West
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Volatile Peace Deals - or a false sense of peace

View more comments