Artist Creates 45 Surreal Illustrations About Our Society

Cristina Bernazzani (Nuvolanevicata on Depositphotos) lives in a small Italian town between Lecco and Monza. Besides being a full-time social health worker, she is one of the Depositphotos top contributors with 30 years of experience in illustration.

The artist has a recurring theme in her works — the problems and vices faced by a modern society which she illustrates by focusing on individuals. The topic may seem complex and sad but Cristina manages to present them in such a way that instead of sadness and despair, her audience feels hope and becomes more aware of what’s going on around them.

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Martin Kaine1 month ago

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw.64ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

We recently spoke with Cristina about what inspires her and how she manages to keep an ironic outlook on things during these turbulent times. You can find numerous allusions to famous surreal artworks including ones by Rene Magritte while scrolling Cristina’s portfolio. However, she also appreciates the genre of magical realism. 

“Magritte remains a dreamer whose poetic vision is still relevant today. He has certainly been my favorite reference, the one I feel closest to. And magic realism is more contemporary, it reflects our present. Authors like Rob Gonsalves or Pail Bond are really important to me,” said Cristina Bernazzani.#2 

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Enrique Gil1 month ago

Same with food waste…0ReplyView more comments#3 

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Cristina Bernazzani has been creating illustrations for almost 30 years. During this time, a lot has changed in the industry. She started out as an author of botanical illustrations for the editorial studio and then worked for a long time as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines.

This is how she describes this phase of her career: “Once upon a time, newspapers and magazines were important for information and knowledge, a very long time ago! My way of being led me to create images related to imaginative contexts (initially tests and horoscopes). Later I used the images to lighten up and explore more serious topics”.#4 

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Why?1 month ago

Maybe being an airhead isn’t so bad after all.8ReplyView more commentshttps://85482305a57e0e6e99812753ef55232c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html#5 

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Beautiful12ReplyView more comments

These days, Cristina is using illustration as a way to highlight important social issues and raise awareness among her audience. The irony, cheerful palettes, and optimism are her main creative tools.

“I think it’s much harder to make someone laugh than cry. Сreating images that make people laugh or even smile is my ongoing challenge “, she says.

According to the artist, some painful topics such as war or social inequality are best revealed through images that can arouse empathy rather than scare. She sees her task in drawing attention to certain problems and raising tolerance through optimistic images.#6 

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Grace Joann Ward1 month ago

my favorite8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

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kjorn1 month ago

mine. and mine only2ReplyView more comments

Her ideas for future magic realism illustrations come to her while she observes something around her, listens to others, asks them questions, or even compares herself with colleagues worldwide.

“To realize an idea, I start with a notebook, a pencil, and a quiet moment. In this way, I can rearrange my memories and feelings. The technique for making a drawing varies depending on the moment, in these weeks I prefer the digital technique”, she told us.#8 

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Brenda Owens1 month ago

Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.11ReplyView more comments#9 

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Piper McLean1 month ago

The magic of books10ReplyView more comments

Colors are meaningful for Cristina Bernazzani. In her recent work, crypto art and especially works by digital artist Extraweg have become the reference for color choices.

Cristina comments on this: “This is the imagery that is influencing me nowadays, the colors are becoming brighter and more cheerful. When it seems that everything has already been said, here comes this reality that distorts our thoughts, and new ways open up to go on in this journey”.#10 

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Carolyn Legg1 month ago

Chasing a dream1ReplyView more comments#11 

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OMG THAT IS SO CUTE1ReplyView more comments

The dream of the artist is that “one day all the different people will all be able to live together, more responsibly and selflessly”. She likes to reveal the problems of society, referring to the personal experience of her audience, as well as archetypes, and even some famous people.

“For strictly satirical images, both political and economic leaders are an amazing source of inspiration. Then there are the archetypes that convey complex concepts in a way that everyone can understand and art is full of them. Without an audience that can understand, what can an image be useful for?”, she reflects.#12 

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D K1 month ago

As a mother this one touched me.5ReplyView more comments#13 

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Martin Kaine1 month ago

Ha! Even the wild life quarantines!0ReplyView more comments

For Cristina, a Depositphotos portfolio is not just an opportunity to earn extra money but a powerful platform for self-expression. With the help of microstock, the artist can communicate with a large audience, as well as understand what people are interested in today.

Cristina commented on the perks of microstock for artists: “Irony is a powerful tool to stir consciences and ideas remain the most important thing for me, but you need to have a place to publish your works. Microstock agencies have played a primary role in this sense, for years publishers have been relying on them to find the right images, so nowadays it is crucial to be present on these websites”.#14 

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bookshellf1 month ago

what does this mean? ghost?0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

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CHRISTIANA EKOUE1 month ago

this one I think means cheating.3ReplyView more commentshttps://85482305a57e0e6e99812753ef55232c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Even if you are not an artist, you still have a lot to learn from Cristina Bernazzani. Her attentiveness, love for people, creativity, sensitivity, and belief in the best in all of us is something very admirable that we can all appreciate.

Here is an interesting piece of the puzzle she told us about her creative pursuits: “My hobby is actually drawing, it’s the most exciting and fulfilling part of my life, while my full-time job is being a social health worker — and being a mother and a daughter too. I take inspiration from my job for most of my drawings: a crowd of characters populates all my days. And I hope that my works will be seen as my gesture of love and hope for those who have the opportunity to stop and look”. Follow Cristina to see new works in her portfolio!#16 

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Mark Howell1 month ago

Sisyphos is TG ;o)1ReplyView more comments#17 

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Cip IESAN1 month ago

Arguments…-1ReplyView more comments#18 

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The child inside10ReplyView more comments#19 

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emoji gal1 month ago

WAIT the earth now has flying fish?0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

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Jon Gugisberg1 month ago

Aim for the stars. Even if you miss you‘ll land in the clouds.1ReplyView more comments#21 

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Purr·maid1 month ago

Perspective0ReplyView more comments#22 

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ShyFox Studios1 month ago

A mere smile can lift the load of darkness and brighten yours and others’ day.6ReplyView more comments#23 

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Grace Joann Ward1 month ago

that is awesome2ReplyView more comments#24 

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Why?1 month ago

Time waits for no one!1ReplyView more comments#25 

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emoji gal1 month ago

awwwww there love will stay forever even in certain doom6ReplyView more commentshttps://85482305a57e0e6e99812753ef55232c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html#26 

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Mina Minx1 month ago

Reminds me of Dali10ReplyView more comments#27 

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Hugo A-niro1 month ago

Is that water?3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

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emoji gal1 month ago

is the girl pregnant?0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

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• Lemønchu •1 month ago

How much tea is in that teapot?!2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

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eeee0ReplyView more comments#31 

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ShyFox Studios1 month ago

We must learn to leave or molds, and live our dreams, and explore the world.6ReplyView more comments#32 

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bookshellf1 month ago

what does this mean i wonder0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

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Mark Howell1 month ago

Sometimes what you love, you have to let go …12ReplyView more comments#34 

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Cip IESAN1 month ago

Always aim higher!4ReplyView more comments#35 

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Demongrrrrl1 month ago

Me, when I wake up in the morning.7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

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gotta be careful gurl0ReplyView more comments#37 

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emoji gal1 month ago

can i choose a new face? mine is UGLEE0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

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Purr·maid1 month ago

The masks we wear.5ReplyView more comments#39 

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Martin Kaine1 month ago

The Prisoner and the Lady of Shadows? (I know it is a stretch, but its all 19.)0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#40 

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bookshellf1 month ago

you are the key to unlock life’s many treasures.4ReplyView more comments#41 

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LotusWolff1 month ago

Life of a snail5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#42 

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Purr·maid1 month ago

Kind of like texting someone who doesn’t reply back.4ReplyView more comments#43 

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Aimee Bachna1 month ago

Happy just to be with me.0ReplyView more comments#44 

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Evan Tambolang1 month ago

We are our own home4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

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stuck in a rut?0ReplyView more comments

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