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Roberto Cigna / Protecting data for Lexpert magazine

Roberto Cigna was asked by Lexpert magazine to illustrate an article for its November/December issue on how Europe’s general data protection regulation will become the new standard for Canadian companies. The article, by Brian Burton, suggests that major Canadian corporations will face new costs associated with the higher standards of privacy required when handling data. Cigna’s editorial illustration, of someone […]

Roberto Cigna / Violence against women and girls

Roberto Cigna highlights the fact that violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights in his powerful illustration of a woman dwarfed by the size of the man walking behind her. Cigna points to statistics that show estimates published by the World Health Organization indicating that roughly 35% of women worldwide have experienced […]

Roberto Cigna / On educating preschool teachers for The Washington Post

Roberto Cigna created an illustration for The Washington Post’s education issue on educational requirements for preschool teachers. The article, “Will a college degree lead to better, more respected, preschool teachers,” by Lia Kvatum, discusses the impact of having a college degree on pre-school teachers. Cigna’s illustration features a young teacher balancing the need to be attentive to her […]

Roberto Cigna / Fishing for dinner

Roberto Cigna was inspired by an article in The Chronicle Herald on the quality of the food we eat to create this illustration questioning the safety of our food supply. Food choices affect health. Cigna raises questions about farmed fish vs. fresh water fish as an example, and asks, “Are you sure the food you eat is safe?” Here, a chef fishes […]

Roberto Cigna / Recruiting children to fight

Roberto Cigna highlights the trend toward children serving as soldiers in armed conflicts across the globe in his illustration of a young girl–in play clothes and a camouflage hat–pointing a gun at a teddy bear. Cigna notes that boys and girls as young as eight years old are being trained to serve as government forces and armed […]

Roberto Cigna / Not a crime to breastfeed in public

Roberto Cigna highlights the fact that breastfeeding in public is not a crime in his illustration of a woman posing for a mug shot with her baby in her arms. Cigna notes that a woman, a mother, is not a criminal for feeding her child in public. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 49 states, […]

Roberto Cigna / Insurers turn to tech solutions

Roberto Cigna created a cover illustration and other editorial illustrations for A Plus magazine’s October issue. Based in Hong Kong, the article, “The Rise of Insurtech,” discusses how insurance companies located in Hong Kong are affected by technology. Technology is fundamentally changing the way insurance is sold, how risk is assessed, and how fraud is detected. Cigna’s editorial illustrations depict […]

Roberto Cigna / The dream of the European Union

Roberto Cigna asks, “Does the dream of the European Union (EU) still exist?”  Cigna represents the state of the EU today with a flag that’s in need of repair. The circle of 12 gold stars against the blue sky of the Western world that appears on the EU flag is falling apart in Cigna’s timely illustration on the […]

Roberto Cigna / Lady Liberty takes flight

Roberto Cigna’s comment on the state of liberty in America as Lady Liberty herself prepares to board a plane to take flight. Cigna suggests that this moment in history is so critical, even the Statue of Liberty wants to get away. Cigna’s modern Liberty, dressed neatly in a white dress with a shoulder bag slung over one arm, […]

Roberto Cigna / Women’s rights and religion

Roberto Cigna explores women’s rights and religion in his illustration of a woman being dragged away by a man while a figure in a burka walks behind. Cigna questions why a woman needs to give up her soul, her body, and her rights to a conviction only to become a “ghost,” in his powerful editorial illustration.  

Roberto Cigna / Shaking out the welcome mat

Roberto Cigna recently completed a series of illustrations for A Plus magazine, the official magazine of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants on how global investors currently see China. “China shakes out the welcome mat,” an article by George W. Russell, points to the fact that China’s less favored status is the result of […]

Roberto Cigna / Ignoring the danger

Roberto Cigna’s conceptual illustration of a driver unaware that he’s driving toward the edge of a cliff because he’s looking at his mobile phone shows us how difficult it is for us to ignore a ringing phone while driving. Cigna points to a Queensland University of Technology study that revealed nearly 50 percent of respondents believe answering […]

Roberto Cigna / Still to be painted

Roberto Cigna explores the idea of destiny in his illustration of life as it’s painted by a paintbrush that’s coloring the ocean. In his poetic editorial illustration, Cigna reminds us not to fight against a future that may never occur.  While we’re all swimming in the same sea, why not stop to relax and enjoy the […]

Roberto Cigna / Welcoming all people

Roberto Cigna’s personal work is a comment on Trump’s suggested ban on immigrants from seven muslim countries. It shows a worker sewing an American flag as two smaller figures hold the flag, preventing it from touching the ground. Cigna reminds us that America was made great by people from all ethnicities and it’s not the color of […]

Roberto Cigna / Plugging into solar power

Roberto Cigna’s recent conceptual illustration on solar energy shows a man on a ladder plugging the earth into the sun. The illustrator points out, in his inventive illustration, that energy is one of the main challenges we face in the future.  Solar power can provide the energy we need.    

Roberto Cigna / When kids surf the web

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of a child surfing the web as a hand emerges from the computer screen offering her a lollipop, is a comment on how easy it is for sexual predators to contact children on the internet via chat rooms, instant messages and email. Cigna’s conceptual illustration of a faceless youth surfing the web warns parents’ to […]

Roberto Cigna / Undercutting women in the workplace

Roberto Cigna explores sexism in the workplace in his illustration of a miniature man cutting the leg of a chair in which a woman in business attire sits. Cigna suggests sexism is still a factor in the workplace, undercutting women, and keeping some women from advancing or maintaining prominent roles. The illustrator presents his idea in […]

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Roberto Cigna’s “Soda Station” is a comment on the amount of sugary beverages and soda we drink: according to calculations, 44 gallons on average per year. Cigna compares sugar to the gasoline that fuels our bodies in his illustration of an attendant at at a gas station filling a man’s glass with soda in his conceptual […]

Roberto Cigna / Fishing for knowledge

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of a woman fishing in a pond of books was inspired by an article in Quartz magazine on how much time we spend on social media and watching television. According to the article, we could each read 200 books instead of, on average, the 608 hours we devote to social media and the 1642 […]

Roberto Cigna / Night sky walker

Roberto Cigna’s mysterious illustration entitled, Night Sky Walker, shows a woman holding a candle walking into a black hole. On a background of midnight blue to represent the night sky, we wonder if she’s a sleepwalker, or simply in a dream. Cigna gives few details about this hauntingly surreal illustration the illustrator recently completed as an addition to […]

Roberto Cigna / First date

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of two people meeting for a first date shows a man and woman arriving with masks. Cigna’s illustration suggests that we show up with less than our genuine selves when meeting a romantic prospect for the first time. The illustrator explores the ‘games people play’ in his conceptual illustration created in muted colors and with […]


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