György Soós (or Soosur Georgiosz, his nom de plume) is a painter, graphic designer, and former member of the underground bands Electric Petting and Art Deco, performing industrial music. Soós began studying art in the Secondary School of Visual Arts located at Török Pál Street. Later, he studied typography at the Hungarian University of Arts and Design, where due to the encouragement of his teacher, József Baksa, he also started to pursue painting in addition to his interest in graphic design.
After finishing his studies, he mostly worked in the field of applied art: posters, album covers, set designs, as well as trompe-l'œil and decorative paintings. Audiovisual work—pictures, music, theatre, design—was very important for his development as an artist. It was not only an organic part of the culture of the eighties, but these experimental artworks were a kind of physical manifestation of his “musical drives.” In Electric Petting he was making music together with György Bp. Szabó, his high school mate. Soós created several outstanding posters for underground bands, such as Ági és a Fiúk, ETA, and of course Electric Petting and Art Deco, but also worked on album covers for the state-run (and only) label, Hungaroton. As the art historian Anikó Katona observes, his posters exhibit an ironic play with the monumental qualities and favored themes of totalitarian aesthetics. It also relies on the tradition of Russian constructivism and the propaganda art of the 1920s. He often worked with socialist-realist elements and a strong, red and black color palette. In some of his posters, however, he is equally sarcastic about consumer society.Today, Soós lives in the Hungarian countryside, where since 2005, he is a member of the artists’ colony of Szolnok. While he is no longer active as a musician, he still made it into the news recently, when it turned out that his one-time girlfriend, Eszter Pleva, under the codename “Krisztina,” was one of the most productive informants for the political police in the new wave scene in the 1980s. Besides his contribution to the underground scene of the eighties, Soós is also a founding member of the Society of Fine Arts in Szolnok (Szolnoki Képzőművészeti Társaság). Many of his works are part of private and public collections in Hungary and abroad, and can be found in the productions and archives of the Vienna Art Week, Berlin Atonal festival, Béla Balázs Studio, Mafilm, and the Magyar Televízió (Hungarian Television).
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- Scheibner, Tamás
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