Joan Cornellà Vázquez is a Spanish cartoonist and illustrator, born on January 11, 1981, in Barcelona. He is famous for his unsettling, surreal humor and black humorous comic strips, as well as his artwork. Cornellà graduated in fine arts and has collaborated for numerous publications such as La cultura del Duodeno, El Periódico, Ara, and has illustrated for The New York Times. Since 2010, he has provided cartoons for the Spanish magazine El Jueves.
Cornella’s work is characterized by its shocking and thought-provoking nature. He often uses bright and vibrant colors combined with disturbing and unsettling imagery to create a sense of discomfort and irony. His comics and illustrations typically convey social criticism and explore themes such as violence, hypocrisy, and the darker aspects of human nature. Cornellà’s work has often been described as disturbing or flat-out offensive. He currently has a huge audience of 3.4 million on his Instagram account.
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 pokes fun at such topics and cuts to their core with gags and minimal visual clues, illustrating scenes of cannibalism, infanticide, deification, murder, suicide, and amputation (used most frequently). While some feel affronted by his work, many connect over it, laughing and feeling bad for laughing at the same time. Let’s take a look at some of his best illustrations in the next section.
Credit: Sir Joan Cornella