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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pawel Kuczynski's Satirical Illustrations & Cartoons


Pawel Kuczynski was born in 1976 in Szczecin, in northern Poland near the German border. In 2001 he graduated in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. He worked as an illustrator for several newspapers in Poland.


In 2004 he began to draw cartoons. In his career as cartoonist, he already did win over 100 prizes and honorable mentions in Belgium, Brazil, China, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Turkey ... In 2009, he won the second prize in our Euro-Kartoenale 'Sand, pebble and gravel’.


Pawel’s art is extremely evocative. His drawings always confront the viewer with specific current problems known from the media, but presented in an altogether different form. In his surrealistic work, full of visual metaphors and black humor, Kuczynski confronts the viewer with contemporary problems. He is very committed and hard in its political and social diagnostics. The sad truth about human condition, about social, political and environmental threats takes definite shape and is no longer abstract. Most of his works deal with serious themes such as poverty, greed, politics and finitude. However, the grotesque perspective allows him to tame fear and make unpleasant facts bearable.


Among Pawel’s works, there are also purely humorous drawings and others based on playing with form, subtle, even poetic in their expression. These act as interesting ‘interludes’ in his art.