Iosif Király, I love Europa 2, Lambda print, ed. 5/5, 42 x 111 cm, 2008-9.
Iosif Király (b.1957, Reșița, Romania) is an architect and a visual artist, who lives in Bucharest, Romania. He holds a Master’s degree in architecture and a PhD in visual arts (2008). He is a member of the Romanian Union of Visual Artists (UAPR) and of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Kiraly’s work focuses on the relationship between perception, time, and memory. Before 1989 he was part of the international mail-art network, an alternative art movement rooted in the aesthetics of the Fluxus group. Since 1990 Iosif Király has been involved in multiple art projects, either independently or as a member of the subREAL group and has collaborated with a team of Romanian architects (Mariana Celac and Marius Marcu Lapădat) on various photographic projects. He currently coordinates RO-Archive, an extensive photo-documentary project related to the changes of daily life and of the natural / urban landscape in post-communist Romania. Iosif Király is a professor at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, where, in 1995, he co-founded the Department of Photography and Time-based Media Art. He is also an associate professor at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, within the Master of Visual Studies program.
The artist received multiple awards and recognitions: 2013 – Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam; 2012 – 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica / US – Visiting artist in residence (with two grants from The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and The Trust For Mutual Understanding); Artist in Residence. Krems; 2009-2013 New Europe College / Senior Getty Fellow, Bucharest; 2009 ‐ European Central Bank ‐ Annual Photography Award – 2nd Prize; 2006 – Trebesice Castle, Czech Republic; 2004‐2005 – New Europe College / Getty Fellow, Bucharest; 2004 ‐ Foundation BINZ39 Zurich; 2002 – IASPIS, Stockholm; 2001 – Light Work, Syracuse, NY; 2001 – The prize for multimedia awarded by UAPR; 2000 – Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art – Helsinki; Kultur Kontakt, Vienna; 1997‐1998 ‐ Akademie “Schloss Solitude”, Stuttgart; 1995‐1996 ‐ Künstlerhaus Bethanien, artist in residence with a grant from Philip Morris Kunstförderung Berlin.
Iosif Király has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial. His works are featured in private and public collections, such as: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (MNAC); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Galerija Ljubliana; Neue Galerie Graz am Landsesmuseum Joanneum, The Benetton Collection; European Central Bank, Frankfurt.