José Parlá  (American, 1973) 

José Parlá (American, b.1973) is a painter and historical transcriber who records his experiences using palimpsestic code and calligraphy. Parlá is also a visual raconteur who creates his work using backdrops, such as city walls marred from years of neglect, to tell the story of distress that he encounters in various places he visits. Parlá was born in Miami, FL, to Cuban parents in exile. Parlá started painting when he was just 10 years old. In 1989, he received the Francis McCommon Scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. Parlá continued his studies in the 1990s at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, where, under Mel Alexemberg (American, b.1937), he studied advanced painting. He also received a Scholastic Art Award in 1989. Parlá uses calligraphy painting and graffiti on city walls to tell visual stories that interpret the urban world as a living continuing history.

In 2000, the artist began to exhibit his series of prints and paintings in various solo exhibitions in Atlanta, GA. Parlá named his first Miami, FL, solo exhibition Cityscapes. He held this exhibition in 2006. Since then, Parlá has exhibited Layered days in New York in 2008, Reading through Seeing in Hong Kong in 2009, and Walls, Diaries, and Paintings in New York in 2011. Parlá has also participated in group exhibitions including The New Yorkers held at the V1 gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artist has made a great contribution to Modern Graffiti Art, using it as a tool for city walls to tell the history of the people in the cities. Parlá's exhibition artworks Walls, Diaries, and Paintings and Character Gestures have also been published as books of the same name in the years 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Recently, Parlá has collaborated with anonymous artist JR (French, b.1983) to paint street murals in Havana, Cuba. The artist has made enormous contributions to Street Art through calligraphy and graffiti; he is a notable artist in the rapidly growing Street Art Movement. Parlá has been invited to exhibit his work and lecture at the MAC Museum and Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. His works can be seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY, The Burger Collection, Hong Kong, and in the streets of Havana. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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José Parlá, Segment Of Newkirk Station, Brooklyn


José Parlá
Segment Of Newkirk Station, Brooklyn

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José Parlá, If I was Water


José Parlá
If I was Water

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José Parlá, Biographical Dance of Combined Stories


José Parlá
Biographical Dance of Combined Stories

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José Parlá, Untitled


José Parlá

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
José Parlá, Alleyway on La Cienaga


José Parlá
Alleyway on La Cienaga

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José Parlá, 184th St


José Parlá
184th St

Hang-Up Pictures
José Parlá, Painting - Letters of Evolution


José Parlá
Painting - Letters of Evolution
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José Parlá, San Giorgio Albisola


José Parlá
San Giorgio Albisola

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José Parlá, Creation of Symbols


José Parlá
Creation of Symbols, 2009
works on paper (drawings, watercolors etc.), graphite, watercolor


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José Parlá, Juice Design Deck


José Parlá
Juice Design Deck, 2009
prints and multiples, serigraph / screenprint


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José Parlá, Exercise in Calligraphy II


José Parlá
Exercise in Calligraphy II, 2000
works on paper (drawings, watercolors etc.), graphite, watercolor, acrylic


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1973   Born in Miami, Florida
  Recipient, The Scholastic Art Awards Frances Larkin McCommon Scholarship
  Miami Dade Community College, FL
  Savannah College of Art & Design, GA
  New World School of the Arts, FL
  Lives and works in Brooklyn
2012   Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
2012   Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (solo)
2012   Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (solo)
2011   Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011   José Parlá: Walls, Diaries, and Paintings, Bryce Wolkowitz, NYC (solo)
2011   Character Gestures, O.H.W.O.W, Los Angles, California (solo)
2010   The New Grand Tour Bryce Wolkowitz, NYC
2010   Street/Studio 2.0, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C.
2010   It Ain’t Fair, O.H.W.O.W., Miami, FL
2009   The Kings County Biennial Curated by James Fuentes, Kidd Yellin Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2009   It Ain’t Fair / Art Basel Miami Beach O.H.W.O.W., Miami
2009   Stages | Live Strong Foundation O.H.W.O.W., Miami
2009   Stages | Live Strong Foundation Deitch Projects, New York
2009   Stages | Live Strong Foundation Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2009   The Paper Chase Plaything Gallery and O.H.W.O.W. Curated by Al Moran & Aaron Bondaroff New Zealand
2009   The New Yorkers V1 Gallery, Denmark, Curated by Todd James and Mikklel Groennebaek
2009   Reading through Seeing, New Works Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
2008   Layered Days Cristina Grajales, Inc. Soho, NYC (solo)
2008   Adaptation / Translation Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK (solo)
2008   Memory Documents Galleria Il Trifoglio Nero, Genova, Italy (solo)
2008   The New Grand Tour DNA Space, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
2008   Hi & Lo Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Curated by Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Fujiwara
2007   The Grand Tour Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne, AU (solo)
2007   The Elsewhere Community Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, AU (solo)
2007   The Rosy Blue Masters Royal Mirage, Dubai Cultural Council, UAE Curated by Marc Latamie
2007   Pirate Utopias, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK
2007   The New Grand Tour Brave Gallery, Hong Kong
2006   June 13th, José Parlá & Dr.Romanelli Joyce, Hong Kong
2006   In or Out?, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, UK
2006   Stussy World Tour Los Angeles, CA
2006   The Puppy Love Project: Cancer Benefit Luminaire and Christie’s charity auction. Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
2006   Cityscapes Curated by Manon Slome, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL (solo)
2006   The Mystic Writing Pad Koehler Gallery, Wihtworth College, WA (solo)
2005   Autonomous Paths Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2005   Contemporary Palimpsests Refill Gallery, Sydney, AU (solo)
2005   Serendip, Tsunami Relief, Sri Lanka. White Box Gallery, NY
2005   Art Nites: Experiencia Culinaria Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
2005   June 13th, José Parlá & Dr.Romanelli Louis Vuitton’s Celux, Tokyo, Japan
2005   José Parlá Billboard Project V10.0. Undefeated & Nike, Curated by Aaron Rose, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Hyphens: Miami New York, Habana Prophecy Gallery, Harlem, NY (solo)
2004   Barnstormers Retrospective SECCA: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2004   Hollywood to the Street: From the Poster to Graffiti, Mimmo Rotella & José Parlá, Curated by Manon Slome, Pictography The Marlin Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2003   Bazaar Cuchifritos Art Gallery, Lower East Side, NY
2003   Bizen Yaki Engravings BAL., Co. Okayama, Japan (solo)
2003   What about New York? Agnes B., Gallerie Du Jour. Paris, France.
2003   Two Rooms. José Parlá & Moi Tran, Brooklyn Studio, NY
2003   Barnstormers: Hive Mind Sound System Lump Gallery Projects, Raleigh, NC
2003   Final Modification 2 Exrealm Yamaha Gallery, Tokyo
2002   Chance by Choice: The point in space where all points meet, The Annex Space, Miami Design District, Art Basel, FL
2002   Extensions of the Spectacle Winter Music Conference, Albion Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2002   Barnstormers, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce
2002   Boomerang: Lee Q., Rostarr, and Ease Curated by Agnes B., Soho, NY
2002   Barnstormers: No Condition is Permanent Smack Mellon Gallery, Dumbo-Brooklyn, NY
2002   Identidad en Progreso Carlos Irrizarry Gallery, San Juan, PR (solo)
2002   Personal Alphabet Exrealm Yamaha Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Marked by Ink Stains bOb Gallery. L.E.S., NYC (solo)
2001   Art Miami Modern Primitive Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, FL
2000   An Experimental Introduction to a Segmented Reality. Modern Primitive Gallery. Atlanta, GA (solo)
1999   Inkheads: Sporadic Germination 0000 113 Ludlow Street, NYC
1997   Scratching the Surface Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, GA
   Betancourt, Michael. Active Engagement in José Parlá’s Visual Texts. Reading through Seeing, New Works show monograph, Ooi Botos Gallery. José Parlá Interview by Rey Parlá
   Chang, Alexandra. Abstract Exchange: José Parlá. Reading through Seeing, New Works show monograph, Ooi Botos Gallery
   Parlá, Rey. Interview: José Parlá and the Bizen Pottery Tradition. Reading through Seeing, New Works show monograph, Ooi Botos Gallery
   Nakanishi, Taka. Artist / Artshow. All Rights Reserved, Hong Kong. José Parlá Interview, p.264, 2009
   McCormick, Carlo. The Writing Off the Wall. Layered Days show monograph, Cristina Grajales, Inc., 2008
   Grajales, Cristina. Introduction, Layered Days show monograph. Cristina Grajales, Inc., 2008
   Betancourt, Michael. The Assimilation of Traditions in the Painting of José Parlá
   Eigner, Saeb. Foreword, Adaptation / Translation show monograph, 2008
   Jones, Paul. Introduction, Adaptation / Translation show monograph, 2008
   Jones, Ben. Elms Lesters 25th Anniversary Gallery book. London, UK