Pawel Kuczynski is a Polish artist born in 1976 in Szczecin, Poland who started drawing when was very young. He graduated at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznan, where he specialized in graphic art, however, since 2004 he has been focusing on satirical art and has gained many awards and distinctions since then. Not to mention that his artwork style is characterized by the contrast between the subjects and the way he portrays them using satire. As a matter of fact, Kuczynski paintings are not about an utopian society, he actually uses his illustrations to depict and spread his message concerning controversial issues of modern society.
Therefore, he deals with a large range of problems, such as poverty, politics, environmental damage and obsession with social media, which can be considered the biggest problems of mankind nowadays. Specialists from the “My Modern Met” website states “Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire, The illustrator portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of social media as elusive spying platforms.
Each image reflects its fair share of serious issues balanced with whimsical illustrations.”. However, he displays his ideas in a unique, cartoonish and satirical way, which makes them even more impressive. Although some of his paintings seem funny, they actually address severe and urgent problems of the world.
In addition, Kuczynski enjoys traveling around the world and he recognizes himself as an observer of the people, their relationships and the environment they live in.
Under those circumstances, he takes advantage of all the knowledge and experiences he obtains by interacting with so many different cultures to express his mindset and illustrate worldwide issues. According to the artist, war, poverty, racial discrimination, hunger, ecology and money are as immortal and timeless as art, that’s why he portrays these dilemmas on his paintings. Besides proposing debates over topics about the present and the future, he also questions whether we are to handle this situation.
In the final analysis, the cartoon emphasizes how Facebook has transformed our way of life. In fact, this social media is able to bring us closer together at certain times, and further apart at other times, because it connects people and expand their relationships, but on the other hand, it is completely addicting and can make you isolate yourself. For example, according to the Market Watch Website, individuals spend much time on Facebook as they do on personal grooming. The average American spends about 40 minutes a day on Facebook and that’s approximately the same amount of time they spend doing personal activities, such as brushing their teeth and showering. Furthermore, it has created a way of judging others and causes people to compare their lives with perfect, and often fake, lives they see on internet. Not to mention that it is a new platform to spread fake news, gossip, misinformation and has changed our perception of proximity, contact and intimacy.