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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.

Roberto Cigna / Let’s hide the problem

Roberto Cigna’s illustration of a man sweeping everything under the carpet is a comment on how society likes to pretend all is well while important issues such as what we’re doing to our planet, are swept out of sight. Cigna’s carpet has a map of the world imprinted on it to illustrate the impact this habit, of […]

Roberto Cigna / Child predators on the web

Roberto Cigna focuses on the issue of child predators on the web in his illustration of a bird of prey snatching a child’s kite. Cigna writes that the anonymity of the internet provides perfect camouflage for a seasoned predator to operate. A predator’s knowledge of teenage subjects and calculated ability to speak the online lingo of teens, provides an […]

Roberto Cigna / Exploitation of girls in Liberia

Roberto Cigna sheds light on a set of contradictions that puts girls in Liberia at risk. While it’s considered taboo to discuss sex with young girls in that country, the girls live in a society that accepts relationships between young women and much older men in positions of authority, such as teachers.  In Liberia, it’s common for […]

Roberto Cigna / Is social media the new religion?

Roberto Cigna questions whether social media has become the new religion in his illustration of Christ carrying a cross that’s shaped like Facebook’s logo. A defining phenomenon of the present times reshaping the world, is worldwide accessibility to the internet, according to Cigna. To illustrate the power of social networking: the number of worldwide users is expected […]

Roberto Cigna / Melting away

Roberto Cigna focuses on the dramatic rate Arctic ice is melting, and the “melting” of polar bears in his illustration of an ice pop shaped like a polar bear. Cigna reminds us that the melting of ice shelves in the Arctic isn’t just a local problem but a global one. Increasing global sea levels threaten […]

Roberto Cigna / Bad habits and the signs of aging

Roberto Cigna suggests that heavy drinking and smoking are linked to visible signs of aging in his illustration of a young man looking into mirror at an image of himself as an older man. Cigna refers to research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health on smoking and drinking and the link to visible signs of […]

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 […]


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