Artist Thoughtfully Illustrates Problems Faced by Modern Society

Graphic Illustration by Steffen Kraft ICONEO

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From political and environmental issues like global warming to social pressure and technology addiction, many people can relate to feeling overwhelmed by modern life. In a bid to highlight these issues, German artist Steffen Kraft (of ICONEO) creates thought-provoking graphic illustrations that visualize complex themes and feelings in his distinct witty style.

One striking image visualizes the human impact we have on our planet, illustrated as if it’s being shredded like paper. Another depicts avoidance in helping the needy, with a thought bubble saying, “The others will help.” Although Kraft’s poignant illustration art depicts all-too-relatable societal issues, his work also aims to motivate people to live more consciously and creatively. One matchbox-inspired image says “Light your creative fire” on the box, while another encourages us to “Plant trees. Not fire.”

Scroll down to see some of Kraft’s thought-provoking illustrations. If you want a copy for yourself while also supporting the artist, you can purchase your favorites as prints on Etsy.

Artist Steffen Kraft creates thought-provoking graphic illustrations that visualize complex themes and feelings.

Illustration Art by Steffen Kraft ICONEOIllustration Art by Steffen Kraft ICONEO

Although Kraft’s poignant illustration art depicts all-too-relatable societal issues…

Graphic Illustration by Steffen Kraft ICONEOGraphic Illustration by Steffen Kraft ICONEO

…his work also aims to motivate people to live more consciously and creatively.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Steffen Kraft / ICONEO.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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