"It's important to raise awareness amongst young people so that they learn to take care of their health," contemporary artist Alexsandro Palombo tells PEOPLE

By Jacqueline Andriakos
May 28, 2015 04:05 PM
Alexsandro Palombo

An Italian artist has made a group of women the new faces of breast cancer – and you’ll probably recognize them.

In an art series titled Survivor, contemporary artist Alexsandro Palombo created graphics of iconic female cartoon characters visualized as survivors of breast cancer in order to raise awareness and educate younger generations about the life-threatening illness.

The Milan-based 41-year-old drew animated women – including Wonder Woman, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin‘s Jasmine, Betty Boop and others – nude with mastectomy scars and pink breast cancer ribbons. Each character can also be seen holding up a peace sign.

Survivor: Jasmine
Alexsandro Palombo

“This campaign is a message of hope and courage to all women, young and adult. It’s important to raise awareness amongst young people so that they learn to take care of their health,” Palombo, who lost a friend to breast cancer a few years ago, tells PEOPLE.

He also aims to spread an important message about body confidence while battling a disease that can also be physically scarring.

“It’s also important to tell adult women that they are beautiful, even after a mastectomy,” he says.

Survivor: Wonder Woman
Alexsandro Palombo

Palombo’s art often involves putting a creative spin on famous individuals, such as Princess Kate and Prince William and George and Amal Clooney.

His process weaves in color, satire, humor, realism and surrealism, he explains.

While much of the activist’s projects consist of reimagining subjects in humorous and lighthearted ways, some carry deeper themes, ranging from diversity to domestic violence to human rights.

An example? He used the iconic Simpsons characters to send a message about racism. He shares his work on his blog, Humor Chic, and his Facebook page.

“My work poses questions,” Palombo says. “I try to entertain and have people reflect at the same time. It’s a means to stir the conscience. My artworks are like a mirror, [a reflection] of the society in which we live.”