ARTISTS

José Parlá

José Parlá’s works are known for their unique style, which intertwines rhythmic linework with painstakingly accumulated layers, collage, and traces on the canvas in an innovative manner, and have a quality reminiscent of city walls unto which memories and traces are carved. He is widely acclaimed as an artist who has inherited the legacy of American abstract expressionism pioneered by Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell, and creates large scale works with themes of identity in the global society, migration, and imagination.

Born 1973, Miami. Parlá studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the New World School of Arts, currently based in Brooklyn. He has been engaging in various public art projects around the world, receiving acclaim for a large scale 27m mural in the lobby of One World Center in New York, a mural in Barclays Center (Brooklyn), and a collaboration project with French artist JR at the 11th Havana Biennale.

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EXHIBITIONS

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  • José PARLA
  • 1973

    Born in Miami, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • EDUCATION
  • Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida.
    Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.
    New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida.

  • SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2019

    Anonymous Vernacular, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC

  • 2018

    Echo of Impressions, Ben Brown Fine Arts London
    No Space / Non Place, Neuberger Museum of Art Neu Space 42, NYC

  • 2017

    Mirrors, Brand New Gallery, Milan
    ONE: Union of the Sense | Mono-Transfers, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC

  • 2016

    Roots, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah
    Roots, National YoungArts Foundation, Miami
    INSTINCTS, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas
    Small Golden Suns, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Surface Body Action Space, Mary Boone Gallery, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
    Imagining New Worlds: Wifredo Lam, Jose Parla, Fahamu Pecou, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

  • 2014

    SEGMENTED REALITIES, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
    IN MEDIAS RES, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

  • 2013

    PROSE, YUKA TSURUNO Gallery, Tokyo
    Broken Language, Haunch of Venison, London

  • 2012

    Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture, BAM FISHER (Brooklyn Academy of Music), NY
    BAM FISHER – Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • 2011

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

  • 2009

    Reading through Seeing: New Works, Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2008

    Layered Days, Cristina Grajales, Inc., New York
    Adaptation / Translation, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London
    Memory Documents, Galleria Il Trifoglio Nero, Genoa

  • 2007

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

  • 2006

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

  • 2005

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

  • 2004

    Hyphens: Miami, New York, Habana, Prophecy Gallery, New York

  • 2003

    Bizen Yaki Engravings, BAL, Co., Okayama

  • 2002

    Identidad en Progreso, Carlos Irizarry Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Personal Alphabet, Exrealm Yamaha Gallery, Tokyo

  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2019

    GLASSTRESS 2019, Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Venezia

  • 2017

    Victors for Art, U-M Museum of Art University of Michigan, Michigan

  • 2016

    Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source, Neuberger Museum of Art, NYC
    Seeing / Saying, Van Every/ Smith Galleries at Davidson College, North Carolina

  • 2012

    Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba screening (JR & Jose Parla), 11th Havana Biennial, La Habana, Cuba
    Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2010

    It Ain’t Fair, O.H.W.O.W., Art Basel Miami Beach
    The New Grand Tour, Bryce Wolkowitz, New York

  • 2009

    Stages (Live Strong Foundation), Deitch Projects, New York
    Stages (Live Strong Foundation), Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

  • 2008

    The New Grand Tour, DNA Space, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing
    Hi & Lo, Curated by Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Fujiwara, Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2007

    The New Grand Tour, Brave Gallery, Hong Kong
    Pirate Utopias (Futura & Jose Parla), Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London

  • 2004

    Hollywood to the Street: From the Poster to Graffiti (w/ Mimmo Rotella), Curated by Manon Slome, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
    The Barnstormers: Retrospective, SECCA: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

  • 2003

    What about New York?, Agnes B., Galerie Du Jour, Paris

  • AWARD, PANELS AND RESIDENCIES
  • 2016

    Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame Award Inductee

  • 2014

    Istanbul74′ Arts & Culture Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
    Brooklyn Arts Council honoree, 2014
    Caldera Arts at Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon

  • 2013

    ICA Institure of Contemporary Arts – London, UK
    Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Wifredo Lam – Havana, Cuba
    Latin American Culture Center – Paris, France
    Grand Prize, Best Documentary Short
    Best U.S. Premiere, Heartland Film Festival
    For Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba
    directed by JR & JOSE PARLA, 2013

  • 2009

    Artist talk-Painting Program, Syracuse University, New York

  • 2006

    Koehler Gallery, Whitworth College Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
    Spokane, Washington

  • GRANTS
  • 1989

    Frances Larkin McCommon Scholarship

  • PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
  • The National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
    The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
    The Albright-Knox, Buffalo, New York
    POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan
    London Business School, London UK
    The Burger Collection, Hong Kong
    Caldera Arts, Portland Oregonz
    Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection, Dallas, Texas
    University of Texas at Austin, Landmarks Program of the Fine Arts College

  • PUBLIC ART PROJECT
  • 2018

    Amistad América, Landmarks, Univiersity of Texas at Austin

  • 2014

    ONE World Trade Center, New York City

  • 2013

    Hunt Library by SNØHETTA, North Carolina State University

  • 2012

    BAM FISHER, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
    11th Havana Bienial, Cuba: Wrinkles of the City-Havana, Cuba. JR & José Parlá
    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

  • 2010

    Concord City Place, City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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