Disturbing Cartoons That Make You Think About Things You’d Rather Ignore.
Society is at a crossroad. Do you take advantage of all the advancement in technology to make this world a better place or do you use it to get as many likes and followers? It is a difficult pill to swallow when we focus our attention on celebrities who are known for their sexy poses rather than give attention to real issues affecting people both locally and internationally.
Today, information is at our fingertips but rather than use it to enlighten the mind and soul, many people use technology to reinforce ideas, beliefs, and actions that are harmful to vulnerable groups.
Spanish artist Luis Quiles uses his skills to illustrate homophobia, sexism, child exploitation, and violence, along with other uncomfortable topics. For Quiles bringing consciousness through his art is part of who he is. He believes bringing awareness to social issues goes beyond his role of being an artist.
Quiles says he is not agains technology he just does not understand himself in it.
"We should seriously ask ourselves if we are controlling technology or technology is controlling us," warns Quiles.
Quiles has published two books; Revolutionary Road and Riots.
He points out the child abuse behind using children in war.
Quiles named this piece Censure Killed the Meaning of Art.
He explains that without freedom of expression there is no art.
Quiles spends time researching a topic before drawing it on paper.
A contrast between the video game Bomberbam carrying bombs for play and the reality of the casualties of war. More often than not, children are the biggest victims of war.
Tiny Winky from the Teletubbies created controversy when he sported a red purse.
Parent and religious groups have wanted to get rid of Tiny Winky since the so-called controversy began in 1999. Many see it as just another display of homophobia.
Sometimes the topic is so hard it's hard to walk away from for Quiles.
"I spend many days with that images in my mind," he admits.
The first film Quiles ever watched in a theatre was Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
The movie made an impact on the artist. "Since then, I could never forget Princess Leia dressed in her metal bikini, I think that scene became a sexual fantasy of many men of my generation and later," Quiles says.
The artist takes aim at religious organizations who use their mission to earn more "believers."
"This people need a real hope, a real education, they need schools, FOOD, medicines, preservatives...They need a real future," explains Quiles.
"You have many religions and many versions of one religion. All created by men, for men. So I'll try to create my personal version," he explains. "God creates man, he was not happy with that stupid and boring creation, so, he spend more time to create woman. Then, man become jealous and create religion to control woman power and to f*** the two gifts that God give us, love and sex."
Illustrating what he feels is the capitalist food chain.
He works by hand and imagination but sometimes he has real-life models pose for him.
He asked the question, hero or villain?
Quiles points out that money changes everything.
He uses women in most of his artwork because he finds them to be the protagonists of his life.
Quiles admits he cannot understand life without women and that translates into his art.
"I am passionate about the world of women in many ways, not just in a sexual way," says Quiles.
Quiles points out how fast food consumption is hard to avoid.
"It's a choice, not an obligation," says Quiles.
He sees people communicating more today than before because of social media.
He believes it does not translate to communicating better though.
Quiles feels social media is altering young people in particular communicate.
"I think there is an excess in technology. But no one is putting a gun to their heads. We will see where this takes us in due time," explains Quiles.
Prior to this illustration, Quiles had never done anything with zombies.
He calls this piece The Last Supper.
Aside from his thought provoking illustration, Quiles is also a writer.
He finds that writing offers a break from his artwork.
Quiles mocks older men marrying beautiful, young women.
"Maybe I'm just a cynical. Maybe love is blind, maybe love don't have age, but sure love uses credit cards," he says.
It's still hard to take a break from sketching since there is plenty of material for Quiles to draw from.
"Culture in general takes up too much of my time," he admits.
Courtesy of LifeBuzz