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Roberto Cigna / Our oceans are dying

Roberto Cigna’s illustration highlights the plastics choking our oceans, lakes and rivers.  Piling up on land, plastics are unsightly and affect plants and wildlife. With oceans slowly turning into a plastic soup, the effect on ocean life is chilling. Large pieces of plastic are choking and entangling turtles and seabirds. Smaller plastics are clogging the stomachs of creatures who mistake it […]

Roberto Cigna / 100% Renewables for New Scientist magazine

Roberto Cigna was asked to illustrate an article by Peter Fairley for New Scientist magazine on renewable/clean energy. “Finally we can power the planet on renewables alone – here’s how,” discusses how we can achieve reliance upon 100% renewal/clean energy to run the planet. Cigna’s image of the Earth with wind turbines and solar panels encased in […]

Roberto Cigna / Combatting money laundering and terrorist funding for Aplus Magazine

Aplus magazine recently asked Roberto Cigna to illustrate the article, “Playing detective.” The article, by Nicky Burridge, which appeared in the May Issue, suggests new systems to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Measures put into legislation will hopefully curb illegal activity by requiring companies to do their due diligence. Weeding out these activities through close […]

Roberto Cigna / Questioning whether there is equal opportunity

Roberto Cigna questions whether women are afforded equal opportunity in today’s world?  During the span of a woman’s career, Cigna asks if a woman has the same access to doors opening as men? In his illustration of a man opening a door to a serene sky, a woman opens a door to another closed door. Cigna notes that […]

Roberto Cigna / Smoking kills

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of a man taking an ax to a gigantic cigarette though barely making a dent reminds us that smoking kills. Every year, more than 480,000 people die in the United States from tobacco-related diseases. That’s about one in five of all deaths annually. It’s estimated that one in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.

Roberto Cigna / Do we know what’s in our food?

Roberto Cigna created this latest addition to his portfolio inspired by an article on what’s in our food. The article questions the quality of ingredients in food and poses the question: “Do we really know what we’re eating?” Cigna suggests that the quality of the food we eat isn’t always clear. His man on a fork pondering what he’s […]

Roberto Cigna / “Let’s go shopping” for A Plus magazine

Roberto Cigna illustrated the article, “Let’s go shopping,” for A Plus magazine. The article, by Liana Cafolla, was published in the April issue both in print and digital format. Highlighting growing consumption in China—a country with a projected consumption increase of nearly 2 trillion US dollars in the next three years—Cigna’s imagery of online spending, a couple holding packages […]

Roberto Cigna / Jumping off the wheel

Roberto Cigna’s portfolio illustration of a barefoot man in a business suit jumping off a hamster wheel was inspired by an article on verywellmind.com. Cigna encourages us to take time for ourselves by getting off the wheel.  Take a break. Letting stress build up is unhealthy. Vacations—even short breaks—allow for physical and  psychological ‘space’ from the demands of life, allowing […]

Roberto Cigna / Illustrating “Doctors On Call” for John Hopkins Health Review

Roberto Cigna illustrated an article for John Hopkins Health Review on telemedicine: using technology to diagnose and treat health care issues remotely. Cigna’s illustration for, “Doctors On Call,” appeared in the “New Findings on Health” section of the Spring/Summer issue of the health publication.

Roberto Cigna / Affecting women’s rights

Roberto Cigna’s illustration on the cultural impact of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 70s and its affect on women’s rights. The 20th century was marked by a steady progression of women’s rights in Afghanistan, until the 1970s, notes Cigna.  Then under Taliban rule, women had their rights rolled back. Under the Taliban, women and girls were discriminated […]

Roberto Cigna / When the price of a home is a secret

Roberto Cigna illustrated a story by Katherine Clarke for the The Wall Street Journal on home listings that read, “Price upon request.” The article explores the  dynamics of these listings. Houses listed without a price are harder to sell, especially in a crowded market, and often reflect a problem behind the scenes or a difficult seller. Cigna’s illustration […]

Roberto Cigna / All green energy by 2050

Roberto Cigna’s latest illustration on renewable energy is based on a new study that finds that economies of countries around the world could shift entirely to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydroelectric, by the year 2050. Cigna notes that according to Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and an […]

Roberto Cigna / The last polar bear may be a disguise

Roberto Cigna warns us that without greenhouse gas mitigation, the ice shelf will continue to melt. That means for an animal dependent on sea ice to survive, prospects are not good. Cigna quotes chief scientist, Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, “As the ice decline continues, the plight of the polar bear only can worsen.” In his pointed […]

Roberto Cigna / Be proud to be different

Roberto Cigna suggests, in his illustration of people walking each holding a balloon, that in a global world where everybody follows the same trends, eats the same things and wears the same clothes, the challenge is to be yourself; to show your own true colors. Cigna points to a quote by Steve Jobs, “You can’t ignore the […]

Roberto Cigna / Gender equality

Roberto Cigna suggests that women and men should not be identified just through the clothing they wear, the objects they use, the clichés that represent them or the social conventions that define gender. Cigna’s illustration of a man and a woman, naked on a seesaw, asks that we see each other as human: balanced and without […]

Roberto Cigna / Challenges women in business face

Roberto Cigna’s latest illustration on misogyny in business illustrates how hard it can be for a woman to have a career and promote a business in a world where misogyny toward women in business exists. A handshake between a man and a woman results into a cobra threatening a woman in Cigna’s depiction of the challenges […]

Roberto Cigna / “Culture house”

Roberto Cigna’s, “Culture house,” a house of books,  points to education as the most solid foundation we can build. His house, made from a stack of books, is entered only through a doorway that leads into a book. Europe currently has a school dropout rate of 10.7%. Cigna reminds youth that the only real way to be protected, […]

Roberto Cigna / The game of politics: Truth and lies

Roberto Cigna questions the game of politics which he characterizes as a perfect mix of truth and lies. Cigna asks if we should continue to believe the promises of politicians in his image of a politician with his hands in his pockets who’s growing a very long nose. The constituent to whom he’s speaking is holding a saw.

Roberto Cigna / Prisoner of consumerism

Roberto Cigna’s overturned shopping cart alongside a man dressed in prison attire symbolizes a distinguishing feature of today’s society: excessive consumerism. Cigna notes that to have has become more important than to be. His social issues illustration shows a man who has become a prisoner of his own wants and needs.

Roberto Cigna / The right to choose

Roberto Cigna touches on the intense debate over abortion in his recent illustration inspired by a March for Life. Cigna notes that while abortion is a delicate issue for any woman, every woman should have the right to choose. He recognizes that in a democracy, people also have the right to protest against it. The illustrator […]

Roberto Cigna / Simply Human

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of people simply being people whether they be gay, heterosexual, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, white or black. Cigna says we use so many words to define people, but basically we’re all the same: human beings.


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