Orosz, István

Curriculum Vitae

He graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts in 1975. Presently he works with autonomous and applied graphics (mainly drawing of posters and illustrations), and also began to deal with the production of animated films. Frequent archaic formal elements, references to art history, stylistic quotations respectively playful self-reflections are related with postmodern intentions on his graphic cars. He likes to use visual paradox, double meaning images and illusionistic approaches while following traditional printing techniques such as woodcutting and etching. He also tries to renew the technique of anamorphosis. He is a regular participant in the major international biennials of posters and graphic art as well as his works has been shown in individual and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. He is member of both Hungarian Art Academies and also the Aliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He often uses UTISZ as an artist's pseudonym. It was the Homeric hero Odysseus who fought Cyclops, had used this name, and had put out the monster's eyes. According to the symbolic, ironic name: the art of István Orosz means „some kind of attack upon the eye".

Individual Exhibitions

1992 Pécs, Pécsi Gallery;
Budapest, Dorottya Gallery
1994 Mexico City, Caja del Poeta
1995 Budapest, Vigadó Gallery
New York, St. Johns' University
1997 Chicago, I Space Gallery
Thessaloniki, Aristotelian University
1998 Koppenhaga, Mosting Hus
Bethlehem, (USA) Payne Gallery
Kansas City, Hammerpres-GrafikArchive 
2000 Silkeborg, Kunst Center
Istanbul, Bilgi Üniversitesi 
2001 Sopron, Festőterem
Zólyom, Slovenska Narodná Galeria
Prague, Hungarian Cultural Institute
2002 Pozsony, Slovenska Narodná Galeria
New York, Sun Yat Sen Gallery
Princeton, Marsha Child Contemporary
Mikkeli, Taidemuseo
2003 Budapest, Szent Mihály Kápolna
Haag, Escher Museum
2005 Paris, Hungarian Cultural Institute
2006 Budapest, Ernst Museum
2007 Essen, Grillo Theater
2008 Jorwerd/Leeuwarden, Reformed Church
Tokió, Royal Park Hotel, Hakozaki
2009 Pécs, "Dóm" Museum
Ljubljana, Galerija Avla NLB
Székesfehérvár, Szent István Király Museum 
2011 Budapest, Forrás Gallery
2012 Esterházy Palace, Győr
2013 Galleria dell'Incisione, Brescia,
2013-14 Güler Sanat Gallery, Ankara


1990 Gold Medal at the Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno
1991 Balázs Béla Award
1991 First Prize at the International Poster Biennial, Lahti
1991 Main Prize of „Mediavawe", Győr
1993 Munkácsy Mihály Award
1994 "ICOGRADA - Prize" at the International Poster Biennial, Chaumont
1994 Special Award at the International Poster Biennial, Varsaw 
1997 Award of Oberhausen International Film Festival, Oberhausen 
2000 „European Creative Distinction Award" 
2000, 2008
Awards of Miskolc Graphic Biennials, Miskolc
2001 Gold Medal of American Society of Illustrators, New York 
2002, 2004
Main Prizes at Festival of Fine Art Films, Szolnok
2003 Award of Society Hungarian Graphic Studios
2005 Gold Puspin Life Archievement Award  
2007 Plakat Kunst Hof Ruettenscheid Prize
2011 Kossuth Award
2013 Prima Award