Born1957 in Resita (RO) lives in Bucharest (RO). He holds a MA in architecture and PhD in visual arts and is professor at the National University of Arts - Department of Photography and Time-Based Media Art. He is member in UAP (Romanian Union of Visual Artists) and AICA (International Association of Art Critics).
His 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 Fluxus.
Since 1990 Iosif has been involved in various art projects, independently and in the art group subREAL. Since 2000 he has collaborated with a team of architects and coordinates RO-Archive, an extensive photo-documentary project on the changes in daily life and urban environment in post-communist Romania. In 1995, Iosif was one of the founder members of the department of Photography and Time-based Media Art at the National University of Arts, Bucharest.
He has an extensive international exhibition record, has participated in numerous biennials and his works ar in public collections like: 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, etc.
- Deutsche Welle – TV - Palace Revolution in Ceausescu’s Palace – Using art to banish the shadow of the Securitate. Short documentary on Iosif Király, in the frame of the program Kultur 21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMVgTQOivNQ
-Terry Smith – Contemporary Art, World Currents, Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2011, pp. 110-111
? Hans D.Christ, ed. - Subversive Practices: Art Under Conditions of Political Repression 60s - 80s S. America & Europe: Kunst unter Bedingungen politischer Repression 60er - 80er / Südamerika / Europa, Hatje Cantz; Bilingual edition 2010, pp. 191, 196-197, 231-235
- Filippo Maggia - Contemporary Photography from Eastern Europe, History Memory, Identity, Skira 2009, pp. 102-107
- Martin Jaeggi – Iosif Király, in Photo Art, The New World of Photography, Thames & Hudson, London 2008, pp. 226-229