Surf over to the website of Polish painter Pawel Kuczynski and you will confirm that he is rather stingy with his words, revealing about himself only the most minute details: his date of birth, art education and an acknowledgement of awards he has received. Although he himself is an enigma, we can imagine what goes on in his head and heart, thanks to the portfolio of paintings he has gifted to the world, establishing him as one of the most prolific political artists of the last decade.
The targets of his wrath include military leaders, robber barons and industrial polluters, but also more ephemeral enemies, such as our addictions to vice and our illusions of moral certainty. What’s more, Kaczynski isn’t afraid to tackle contradictory concepts, such as technology’s trampling over traditional culture on one hand, and the constraining chains of conservatism on the other.
While many of his American contemporaries choose to illustrate political points in black and white, Kaczynski harnesses the full color spectrum to flesh out his ideas, which burst into life on the printed page or computer screen. Below are several dozen of his finest works, guaranteed to, without a word, rip you right out of your tedium and wake you up to amazing ways of looking at the world.