“I think we all laugh at misery. We must start from the idea that when we laugh, we laugh at someone or something. With empathy or not, there is always some degree of cruelty. In spite of that, I am aware that if one of my cartoons happened in real life I would not laugh at all”
Joan Cornella is a famous Spanish artist, illustrator, and cartoonist, known for his brilliant dark humor. His amazing art style emphasizes subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss. Basically, he is tackling all parts of society and he’s doing it in a very witty way, and everyone loves it. Joan uses his art as a tool for exploring vulgar issues by provoking discomfort, serious thought, and amusement for his audience. His work has often been described as disturbing or flat-out offensive. Through simplistic visual language, he is able to use satire to comment on the sinister and often bleak side of human nature through a myriad of unconventional scenarios. Everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture to political topics such as abortion, addiction, and gender issues - no subject is off-limits. Cornellà’s work revels in its absurdity and impropriety. Joan’s black humor and art focus more on crude topics such as nudity, sex, and straightforward obscenity. Thought-provoking, honest, and incredibly entertaining, Cornellà's work is truly sincere and holds real potency in its message, even when disguised through blatant humor.