Pedro X. Molina, also known as PxMolinA, is an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist, illustrator and journalist from Nicaragua. Despite unrest and direct threats, PxMolinA has continued to produce and publish his cartoons, which contain staunch criticism of the current government as well as human rights abuses, particularly in the Americas.
Molina is widely known for his artistic ability and searing commentary. His work has appeared in Politico.com, BBC mundo, El Nuevo Diario, La Tribuna, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Courrier International and many other publications. His work has been published in various books, including several editions of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year by Pelican in the United States and the Gallimard/Cartooning for Peace collection in France. He is also an active member of nine organizations of cartoonists/journalists around the world, including Cartooning for Peace and the New York Times’ Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate.
Summer 2019, Molina won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia Journalism School for “career excellence and coverage of the Western Hemisphere that furthers inter-American understanding.”
The awards committee called him one of Nicaragua’s sharpest observers and wrote that - Molina uses his pen and wit to take aim not only at the repressive government of President Daniel Ortega, but also at human rights abuses throughout the Americas and the world.
In 2018, he won the Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Inter American Press Association.
A great deal of his work can be found on his own website, www.pxmolina.com.
Molina left Nicaragua in a rush on Christmas Day 2018 after police killed a journalist, jailed two others, and ransacked the offices of Confidencial, where Molina’s cartoons were frequently published. One of the only remaining independent newspapers in Nicaragua, Molina and his colleagues continue to publish daily in Confidencial, from exile and from Nicaragua. He arrived in ICORN residency in Ithaca NY, 2018 - 2020.