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Self-Promoting Brochure 1979
This is a self-promoting brochure that Joska Soos made in 1979, to present himself as a shamanic artist.
This was in his early years as an artist. he had already contact with light-sound beings, but did not master the art of painting yet.
The brochure contains several reviews by different people, and some of his artwork of that time.
They are each in a different language: Dutch, French, English and German.
You can click on the images to see a larger version and read it in those languages.
I have also provided a translation into English below. This has been done by online automatic translation, with a few corrections where necessary.
back of the flyer:
moine spectrale de sénanque
(spectral monk of ?)
The Shamanistic Painter
25 years of inspired creation
In this picture Joska is holding up a seadevil. It is a kind of fish that once dried and flattened almost look human.
Hungarian-born painter born in Apostag, December 20, 1921.
Numerous group exhibitions, works in the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery (Budapest), at the Museum of Charleroi, Collections of the Belgian State , Cabinet of Prints in Brussels and Amsterdam as well as abroad.
Born in Apostag (Hungary), 1921. Lives and works since 1947 in Belgium. Received in Charleroi lessons from Ben
Genau and M. Delmotte but is otherwise self-taught.
Member of Groupe International de I'Art Fantastique et Magique - and contributor to the magazine FantasMagie".
In 1970, the RTB [this the French language Belgian television] made a color film, 25 minutes long, about him and his work. Workshop: Maarshalk Fochlaan 5, 1030 Brussel
"Sous le signe Je..."
(under the sign Me...)
"The Alter Ego"
The gallery "The Park", in October 1950, has
opened its doors for a newcomer: Joska Soos . One can guarantee oneself
of his character and his strong expression.
Joska Soos is not a painter like the others . In
his colorful compositions, formally justified, he brings to most people
a totally unknown universe. As he aptly managed to say, he tries to
bring the heraldry, shamanism, based on totemism that finally also
formed the basis of the old emblems.
The "fantasmagiques" almost all have something
in common: visual expression is primarily, a method of exploration of a
higher reality. Ordinary standards of the artwork does not always apply,
therefore, it does not always apply in their creations. They confuse
criticism and escape the categories.
Joska Soos is a Belgian painter of Hungarian
origin who was born at Apostag in 1921 and considers himself
continuously self-taught. He has exhibited regularly in Belgium and
abroad since 1950. He is member of the "Groupe international de L'Art
fantastique et magique". Under the title of "Joska Soos, chamanist
painter" the Belgian television has just made a 25 minute colour film
for its French listeners, which will be shown at the beginning of 1971.
The talent of the Hungarian painter, who started
working with us twenty years ago is well developed. The
inspiration Joska Soos is always marked with elements of shamanism, the
great wizard of primitive tribes who is endowed with religious and
magical powers based on ecstatic experiences. The Shaman, in addition to
many other things , has the secret language of gods and demons, and can
take on the form of an animal, become invisible , control heat and cold
... We must remember these things when contemplating the works of Joska
Soos, and admit at the outset of it their forbidden and prophetic
visions. The diversity of subjects, always returnes to the evocation of
ancestors and tenebrous entities in the far north or Asia, and allows
the artist to mix the Ligurian or Saracen warriors faces of clowns or
selenite messengers that, despite timeliness, do not clash in this
mythical and timeless world. All this is pretty wild, pretty grim. But
we perceive, in addition to a moving and tenacious will to express
themselves, the testimony of the anguish and pain of men and their
desire to both escape and hide, to flee and face things.
Soos is evident in his work on the image
writings from earlier cultures. The terms "idol" or "mind" occur in
almost all image titles. Soos wants, it seems, to make visible ancient
impulses and forces that lie behind the joyful expressions of art.
...The esoteric depictions as it expresses itself in the pictures of
Soos could be the basis for a wider expression; unless one would see
these pictures as decorative figures, but the intentions of Soos are
I had only seen a few remarkable canvases in an
exposition, when I entered into the atelier of Joska Soos , shamanic