José Parlá is a critically acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist in painting, large scale murals, photography, video and sculpture. Layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera combine to evoke the histories of urban environments. Using the backdrop of world cities, he re-makes what can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis. His work reflects the ephemeral layers of walls that show a place that was, but no longer is—built over, renewed in some other configuration, in the present engaging memory and imagination with the contemporary.

His work has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia; The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; National YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL; Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, North Carolina; and The Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba, among others. Parlá's work is in several public collections including, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan; and The National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

Collaborative projects include, Wrinkles of the City: Havana, Cuba project, which was completed in 2012 between Parlá and French artist JR. Parlá also worked with the Caldera Arts Program at The Portland Art Museum where he collaborated with participating youth for his Signature Roots, workshop and installation.

Permanent Public Arts projects include a commission by ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER for his monumental mural painting, ONE: Union of the Senses, the largest painting of it's kind in New York City, in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, THE BARCLAYS CENTER in Brooklyn and the BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, André Balazs' Chiltern Firehouse, London, UK; North Carolina State University's Hunt Library by SNĜHETTA; and at Concord City Place, Toronto, Canada.

Parlá (born 1973) studied studied at Miami Dade Community College, New World School of the Arts and Savannah College of Art & Design.

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Born in Miami, 1973
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


EDUCATION
Miami Dade Community College, FL
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA
New World School of the Arts, FL


PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
The Albright-Knox, Buffalo, New York
 London Business School, London UK
Caldera Arts, Portland Oregon
POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan
The Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection, Dallas, Texas


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2014
ONE: Union of the Senses, commissioned by One World Trade Center, New York City

2013
Diary of Brooklyn, commissioned by Barclays Center, New York City
Nature of Language, commissioned by Snĝhetta, New York

2012   
Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Richard B. Fisher Building, Brooklyn, NY

2011
The Concord Project, Concord City Place, Toronto


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS  

2017
Mirrors, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
ROOTS, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

2016
ROOTS, YoungArts Foundation, Miami
Small Golden Suns, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
Instincts, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas

2015
Surface Body / Action Space, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

2014
In Medias Res, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York City
Segmented Realities, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

2013
Prose, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Broken Language, Haunch of Venison, London, England

2011   
Walls, Diaries, and Paintings, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York City
Character Gestures, OHWOW, Los Angeles, CA

2009   
Reading through Seeing, Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong

2008   
Layered Days, Cristina Grajales, Inc. Soho, New York City
Adaptation / Translation, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK
Memory Documents, Galleria Il Trifoglio Nero, Genova, Italy

2007   
The Grand Tour, Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne, AU
The Elsewhere Community, Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, AU

2006   
Cityscapes, Curated by Manon Slome, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
The Mystic Writing Pad, Koehler Gallery, Whitworth College, WA

2005   
Autonomous Paths, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Palimpsests, Refill Gallery, Sydney, AU

2004  
Hyphens: Miami New York, Habana Prophecy Gallery, Harlem, NY

2003   
Bizen Yaki Engravings BAL., Co. Okayama, Japan

2002   
Identidad en Progreso Carlos Irrizarry Gallery, San Juan, PR
Personal Alphabet, Exrealm Yamaha Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Marked by Ink Stains, bOb Gallery.  NYC

2000      
An Experimental Introduction to a Segmented Reality. Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta,  GA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012   
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba, JR and José Parlá, 11th Havana Biennial
U.T.O.P.I.A, Jose Parla and Rey Parla, Colette, Paris , France
Performing Painting, Jose Parla and Wendy White, Savannah College of Art and Design

2011   
Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles

2010   
It Ain't Fair, OHWOW, Miami
Street/Studio 2.0, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C.
The New Grand Tour, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC

2009   
The Kings County Biennial, Curated by James Fuentes
Kidd Yellin Gallery, Brooklyn NY
It Ain't Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach OHWOW, Miami
Stages | Live Strong Foundation OHWOW, Miami
Stages | Live Strong Foundation Deitch Projects, New York Stages | Live Strong Foundation Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
The Paper Chase, Plaything Gallery and O.H.W.O.W. Curated by Al Moran & Aaron Bondaroff New Zealand
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Denmark Curated by Todd James and Mikklel Groennebaek

2008   
The New Grand Tour, DNA Space, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
Hi & Lo, Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Curated by Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Fujiwara
Paper Love: A New Page in the Fight Against Cancer, Luminaire and Christie's charity auction, Art Basel Miami, Beach, FL

2007   
The New Grand Tour, Brave Gallery, Hong Kong
Pirate Utopias, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK
The Rosy Blue Masters, Royal Mirage, Dubai Cultural Council, UAE Curated by Marc Latamie

2006   
June 13th, José Parlá & Dr.Romanelli Joyce, Hong Kong
The Puppy Love Project: Cancer Benefit Luminaire and Christie's charity auction. Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
Stussy World Tour Los Angeles, CA
In or Out? Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK

2005   
June 13th, José Parlá & Dr.Romanelli Louis Vuitton's Celux, Tokyo, Japan
Art Nites: Experiencia, Culinaria Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Serendip, Tsunami Relief, Sri Lanka. White Box Gallery, NY
José Parlá Billboard Project V10.0. Undefeated & Nike. Curated by Aaron Rose, Los Angeles, CA

2004   
Hollywood to the Street: From the Poster to Graffiti,
Mimmo Rotella & José Parlá. Curated by Manon Slome.
Barnstormers Retrospective SECCA: