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Andrea Ucini / A smart way to deal with someone who’s bigger than you

Andrea Ucini’s witty illustration on a smart way to deal with someone who’s bigger than you.  Ucini’s dwarfed and overshadowed man wears a clown’s nose, finding humor in the situation.  

Andrea Ucini / “The sinking state” for The Washington Post

Andrea Ucini’s illustration of the sinking central Pacific nation of Kiribati for The Washington Post. According to the Post article by Joshua Keating, Kiribati has few claims to fame. Its flag-bearer at two past summer Olympics won international attention for his dancing. The country, known under British colonial rule as the Gilbert Islands (the name […]

Andrea Ucini / “Les Monstres Among Us” for Foreign Policy magazine

Andrea Ucini’s illustration on France’s growing anti-Semitism that has increasingly taken a violent form for Foreign Policy magazine. The torture and murder of a young Jewish cell phone salesman in 2006, the murder of four hostages in a kosher supermarket in January 2015, and, most recently, the murder of an octogenarian Holocaust survivor on March […]

Andrea Ucini / The Longevity Code for Bentley Magazine

Andrea Ucini’s illustrations on living longer for Bentley Magazine as it prepares to celebrate its centenary. In an article for Bentley, author, James Day, investigates the likelihood of humans living beyond one hundred years old. He discovers, thanks to radical technologies, that it will likely be only a matter of time before centenarians live among us. Ucini’s illustrations of a green leaf under […]

Andrea Ucini / The danger of psychotropic drugs

Andrea Ucini’s illustration on the danger of taking psychotropic drugs pictures a drug capsule as a bomb.  Ucini notes those who take psychotropics hope they’re taking a drug with the lowest risk. People take drugs with the expectation they’ll be therapeutic and alleviate symptoms. No one wants to take drugs with rapid onset, debilitating side effects, or difficult withdrawal […]

Andrea Ucini / Recovering from a broken heart

Andrea Ucini’s sensitive depiction of how the broken-hearted struggle with feelings of powerlessness and frustration that a loss is beyond their control. Ucini notes that many people internalize a break-up to mean they are somehow unworthy or incapable of sustaining a relationship; that they are perhaps even unloveable on a deeper level. Ucini warns against self-loathing that can take […]

Andrea Ucini / Through the lens of perception for Zetland magazine

Andrea Ucini’s illustration for Zetland on the lens through which we see the world and its impact on perception. Ucini shows a man looking through one red and one green lens. The illustrator notes that the way we see the world affects our attitudes and arguments and has consequences for the all humanity.    

Andrea Ucini / Shaking hand upon hand

Andrea Ucini’s surreal illustration about communication and connection shows a man shaking hands with a series of hands suspended in mid-air to illustrate the importance of forming and keeping friendships.  Friendships build strong social networks; beneficial to each of us and to others. Ucini notes that most people aren’t born with good communication skills. These skills […]

Andrea Ucini / Illustrating an article on Elena Ferrante’s novel for The Guardian

Andrea Ucini’s vivid illustration of the writing of a red pen letter shows how expressing oneself in depth about things we tend to be silent about is a dangerous though rewarding approach to common situations. Ucini recently created this illustration for The Guardian for an article on the novel by Elena Ferrante entitled, I insist on […]

Andrea Ucini / Keeping your head above water

Andrea Ucini’s powerful illustration depicting the struggle to free oneself from addiction. Ucini’s image of a face floating above the water with its reflection underneath reminds us that change doesn’t come easily when recovering from addiction. He suggests that in order to bring something different into your life, a person needs to create space for that which is […]

Andrea Ucini / Censoring social media for SRB news

Andrea’s Ucini’s clever editorial illustration on censoring social media for Single Resolution Board (SRB) news. Twitter’s mascot is caged, with head down, in Ucini’s image of “Twitter wallpaper” for the finance and business publication.

Andrea Ucini / “About Unknown Artist,” a novel by Elena Ferrantes

Andrea Ucini created a new illustration for The Guardian Weekend on Elena Ferrantes’ novel, “About Unknown Artist.” The best-selling Italian novelist behind the highly-acclaimed Neapolitan series writes a column for The Guardian Weekend. In it, she explores looking at paintings. Instead of concentrating on who created the work, she suggests simply looking at a painting can lead to a more aesthetically-pleasing experience. Ucini’s […]

Andrea Ucini / Gravity vs. quantum theory for New Scientist

Andrea Ucini completed this thought-provoking illustration on two different universal theories, quantum theory and gravity, for New Scientist magazine. The article “The big fudge: Welcome to the theory of not-quite-everything,” on why we’ve tried and failed to unite gravity and quantum theory, by Anil Ananthaswamy, appeared in the April 11th issue of the magazine. The author blames gravity for the […]

Andrea Ucini / Best to help yourself

Andrea Ucini’s illustration of a man crossing a bridge of his own design suggests it’s best to help yourself rather than waiting for someone’s help in one of three illustrations for Handelsblatt, a leading German business newspaper.

Andrea Ucini / Ohio’s medical marijuana program for Crain Cleveland magazine

Andrea Ucini created an illustration for Crain Cleveland magazine on the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Ohio. Ohio’s program has been slow to evolve. Ucini’s drawing of a marijuana plant with capsules of medicine hanging from its leaves as butterflies light and land draws greater attention to the subject.

Andrea Ucini / Illustrating “Frog Calls” for Stanford magazine

Andrea Ucini recently illustrated the poetry of Rob Jackson for Stanford magazine. Ucini created imagery for Jackson’s poetry entitled, “Frog Calls.” Ucini’s lily pads become platforms for a man and a woman looking into the distance.    

Andrea Ucini / A flurry of exclamation marks for The Guardian Weekend

Andrea Ucini’s clever illustration for a newly-published Elena Ferrante novel for The Guardian Weekend pokes fun at excesses in writing. Ucini’s illustration of a man with a bullhorn blowing exclamation marks into the air while a woman nearby dodges a confetti-like flurry with an umbrella, depicts the excessive use of exclamation marks so prevalent in writing today.  

Andrea Ucini / On the line for The Guardian Weekend

Andrea Ucini’s clever illustration for The Guardian Weekend, of laundry hanging in the shape of a smile to illustrate a novel by Elena Ferrante. “Laughing, we feel the grip of the powerful, relax.”  

Andrea Ucini / Four posters for Theater Calgary’s upcoming season

Andrea Ucini created four brilliant posters for Theater Calgary’s upcoming season. Ucini’s posters include promotions for A Christmas Carol, Boom X, The Scarlet Letter and Honour Beat. His artful and powerful depictions encapsulate the themes of these plays beautifully.  

Andrea Ucini / Xi Jinping dreams of world power

Andrea Ucini’s illustration for The New York Times on President Xi Jinping of China and his boldest political move yet: maneuvering to extend his rule indefinitely to maintain control of China. Xi Jinping’s desire to exert economic and political influence across the globe is shown powerfully here as a metal ball with China’s flag on it […]

Andrea Ucini / Wanting what we don’t have

Andrea Ucini asks, ‘If love is supposed to make us happy, why do we make ourselves miserable and fall for someone we can’t have?’ Ucini’s illustration of a man on a step stool looking over a fence, shows how we look for things we can’t have, whether because of idealism—naively hoping something will work out—or […]


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