Art is not only a form of expression, artist often point towards a greater, unseen reality. They want to spark a conversation, to open people eyes about things that matter.
One of the artists aiming to open people’s eyes is without any doubt former graphic designer and advertising illustrator Gerhard Haderer. After his cancer operation in 1985, this popular Austrian artist decided to dedicate his skills and talents to satiric illustration. He believed in the transformative power of art, so much so that he even faced court for one of his books, The Life of Jesus. In 2005, he was convicted and was sentenced to six months in jail for blasphemy. But after a few months, the verdict was changed and Gerhard was absolved. Serving jail time didn’t hinder Gerhard’s creative talents, instead it fueled his desire to create more art that would bring attention to social and political issues. To support his work and his aim, you can buy his books on Amazon and visit his monthly comic book’s Facebook page. (h/t)