Polish Artist Creates 79 Surpisingly Accurate Metaphors About Our Modern Society (New Pics)

One clever conceptual illustration can tell more than words ever could. This is the true power of art—no borders or language limitations. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski offers an honest look into our modern world through his brilliantly intelligent artwork that touches on globally important social, political, and economic issues. By masterfully blending artistic talent, social commentary, and satirical twists, Kuczynski accurately pokes at truths, flaws, and sometimes even ridicule of our everyday life, and it’s some truly delicious food for thought!

We have compiled a list of some of the best thought-provoking illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski—some of them might seem relatable, others controversial or eye-opening, but all deliver strong messages and insights about our lives. For more artwork, check out previous posts on Bored Panda here, here and here.

Do you recognize today‘s society in these illustrations? Let us know in the comments!

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A human i guess 22 hours agoThis is so amazingly well done, it looks cool, but it’s the sad truth. All of that waste…it’s killing our planet

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Kuczynski has been drawing since childhood and enrolled in graphics studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznan. He started turning observations into satirical illustrations in 2014, when a friend encouraged him to enter a cartoon competition, and he was hooked immediately. Fast forward to now—the 43-year-old artist has been recognized worldwide and has been honored with more than 140 prizes and distinctions. Ironically, his work that often questions our obsessive relationship with technology and social media has an impressive following of over half a million people on Facebook.

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoOuch. Too true for most of us.

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Ian Taggart 19 hours agoThis represents How I feel about books. They’re the only adventure left in the world.

Kuczynski told Bored Panda that he draws inspiration from his peers and colleagues, as well as the old masters, particularly Caravaggio for his “play of the lights and the shadows.” He applies his skills to create metaphors that are both aesthetically pleasing and mind-boggling. Due to his distinctive style, Kuczynski’s work is often called surrealistic, but the artist describes himself as “a realistic illustrator… of our surreal times.”

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Sterling Wible 2 hours agoThat is a good a funny piece of art.

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Ian Taggart 19 hours agoOMG! What sort of sickopath would do that?

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoOr another orange-faced leader in a suit…

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Born in 1976 in communist-ruled Szczecin, Kuczynski grew up in a dynamically changing environment on the path to independence—from a Soviet regime to resistance. The artist himself admits that he appreciates today’s reality much more, but still holds memories that have taught him the art of critical thinking. Times have changed, but there’s still plenty of absurd material to cover with grotesque illustrations. “I’m not the messenger, I’m just the chronicler of our time,” Kuczynski says.

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Roman DeJesus 23 hours agothis one is powerful

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Queen_Fisher 23 hours agoThe sad truth.

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gracefullikeagazelle 17 hours agoA friend of mine moved into a condo off of busy Sherbrooke St. in Montreal and is amazed that he can still hear birds singing in the morning. It’s a sad comment on the loss of habitat for city-dwelling wild animals.

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To stay in tune with current affairs and trends, Kuczynski turns to web portals and magazines. The artist’s illustrations are a mirror of the world we currently live in. He digs deep to find all the ills of our dystopian society and presents them to us wrapped in a perfectly understandable artistic form. His powerful satire addresses highly relevant environmental problems, political issues and hypocrisy, social injustice, capitalism, war, technological development and its influence, and much more.

“I think these are not only my observations. I’m able to notice them as illustrations—to show them in a universal language, in the picture language, which is understandable to the whole world,” says Kuczynski.

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Ian Taggart 19 hours agoSo true.

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Flare 22 hours agoInternet privacy in a nutshell.

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Queen_Fisher 23 hours agoToo much oil these days. . . This is going to be true soon

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The artist challenges our values and makes us rethink some of the darkest parts of modern living. “I notice the people’s reactions to my drawings…” Kuczynski says. “Very often, they say that I illustrated their feelings.” He says that through his satire, he wants to encourage people to start to think more about their own problems. In the end, we all are a part of what we call a modern world—with its pros and cons.

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Ian Taggart 19 hours ago‘Tis a good way of putting it.

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Bob Connely 14 hours agoAnyone remember the original photo that this is based on?

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If you are into satire with not-so-hidden but definitely thought-provoking meanings, Bored Panda has previously featured incredible artists that are brave enough to bring the world’s deepest problems to the surface in depressingly hilarious ways. Here are some of them: 30 Thought-Provoking Digital Illustrations That Expose The Flaws Of Our Modern Society, Spanish Illustrator Challenges The Minds Of His Audience With 27 Thought-Provoking Illustrations, 101 Thought-Provoking Illustrations By Angel Boligan, Satirical Illustrations Of Today’s Problems By Gunduz Agayev, 64 Satirical Illustrations By The Realist That Will Make You Think.

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Queen_Fisher 23 hours agoThis is sad.

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Haevyn 15 hours agoThis is good.. I see it as immigrants/refugees trying to escape they’re hell but being forced to use their resources/money on just staying alive. Therefore making it impossible to escape.

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Jennifer Gould 21 hours agoTesting on the youth? Passing on bad behavior intentionally and while knowing the harm?

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Sterling Wible 2 hours agoThat would hurt your feet.

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Rred2 6 hours agoCouch potato, waiting to vegetate 🥔🥔🥔

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Iliana Nichols 12 hours agoi’m sorry, but I do love a good steak or ham with rice. It’s delicious.

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoThis should be much higher.

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gracefullikeagazelle 16 hours agoNothing but weeds growing..

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoMan shall not live by bread alone, but by every post on FaceBook.

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Harry B 4 hours agoIt’s not just the media. All commercial interests entice and attack.

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crysta burdick 13 hours agofeeding on the masses

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crysta burdick 13 hours agoI guess even death has an outlet watching our lives slip away

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Terd Fergison 1 day agoFuck the military-industrial complex!

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Jane Doe 4 hours agoI don’t get it, can someone please explain?

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XianJaguar 2 hours agoI don’t know what this picture is trying to say, but I own chickens, and they are FASCINATED with watching videos on my smartphone.

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Spring Fisk 22 hours ago:*-(

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Unhuman_Weirdo 22 hours agoOkay this is funny but, it’s is the sad truth

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FULL_EFFECT 35 minutes agoUmm…ok

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Terd Fergison 1 day ago

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Ian Taggart 19 hours agoThis is the third most urgent issue for the planet. After trees and ocean plastic.

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Joeshar 5 hours agoPeople are anxious about the wasted cost rather than wasted human life

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crysta burdick 13 hours agohomage to the fire hydrant because of water or of water in homage because we are lacking water as the world burns in the background…perfectly fitting

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Ebdu 12 hours agoShe lives on her looks?

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John L 3 hours agoI see this as, commitment is hard work and a team effort.

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Cindy Grizzard 10 hours agoThis should be a “G” for Dr Google

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crysta burdick 13 hours agosomeones up for a breath of air, they actually saw a real star, not a nose in net

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Ian Taggart 18 hours agoThat’s a good thing, right?

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Joeshar 5 hours ago (edited)Strong message here. Accusing who and how it’s been shared; instead of solving the root cause

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ENEDELIA Soto 18 hours agobrainwash respect

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoIronically, both seem to promise happiness.

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Harry B 4 hours agoSometimes you have to make your own excitement? Or through our actions we create our own environmental problems.

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoGo away, you tired, you poor, You huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Deport these, the homeless, tempest-tost from me, I lift my Predator drone beside the golden door!

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European other 6 hours agoLike

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Rred2 6 hours agoThe Grim Reality of Life

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MADELEINE KIMBALL 16 hours agowe are the gardeners/ who plant the seeds of words

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TheCutestDeer 3 hours agothe arctic is slowly melting and it’s by the work of humanity…

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ENEDELIA Soto 18 hours agook…… and also grosssss

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European other 6 hours agoFB keeping us afloat.

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Harold Summer 23 hours agoToo true. We have a hard time leaving the security of our own contrived prisons.

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Matt Du 1 minute agoSoaps have replaced real conversation. If VR and AR becomes as ingrained in society will we ever go; experience anything first hand. Technology is great for bringing people together but we all seem to be getting further apart. Who needs depression, we are already lonely in a room full of people.

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European other 6 hours agoFB has us captive !

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crysta burdick 13 hours agoour relationship to consumption of oil related products: re: plastic bags, car gas, car oil, and the rot ! just soooo sad, he prays to an empty soul-less corporations who don’t give one damn about the pollution and effects on the world, just profits = money, ugh….

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Ian Taggart 18 hours agoComeuppance feels good.

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Flare 22 hours agoToasty!

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MADELEINE KIMBALL 15 hours agooh, how I wish I could/ get away from this safe monotony/and race into the sunset on the blackened sea

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Adouncia Hayes 19 hours agoRapunzel and thats the prince running away

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