Pawel Kuczynski is a modern satirist who 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 honing his skills as a social commentary artist. In 2010, he won 19 awards including 2nd prize in the 49th International Festival of Knokke Cartoon in Heist and 1st prize at the International Cartoon Contest in Croatia; proving the effectiveness his style of visual communication has on public opinion.
Kuczynski’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 from the more usual cartoon or comic strip style associated with satire. 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 his 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.