Nihei Tsutomu (or in European order Tsutomu Nihei) is a Japanese comic book artist. This image is the cover for the second volume of best known work - a (now finished) series called "Blame!" - little known and really hard to get in America, but wildly popular in his native Japan and in Europe.
As the internet puts it, "Blame! is what happens when an architect and M.C. Escher fanboy decides to draw manga", and yes, Nihei-san often seems to pay more attention to the details of the environment than the characters, but that works really, REALLY well for the comic and that one image in particular. It communicates perfectly the loneliness and marginalization of the human figure and gives the audience the sense that this world exists in permanent stasis, devoid of motion, change, and therefore - life.
Additional note: while this cover is colored (conservatively) the pages of the comic itself are all done in black and white. Frequently un-shaded black and white. And there is a lot more black than there is white.
Yes, the world of Blame! is not a happy place. And yes, I do find it visually stunning.