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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  • José PARLÁ
  • 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
  • 2020

    It’s Yours, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

  • 2019

    Textures of Memory, Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Textures of Memory, Hong Kong Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
    ISTHMUS, ISTANBUL’74, Istanbul
    Anonymous Vernacular, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Echo of Impressions, Ben Brown Fine Arts London, London
    No Space / Non Place, Neuberger Museum of Art, SPACE | 42, New York

  • 2017

    Mirrors, Brand New Gallery, Milan
    Roots, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah
    ONE: Union of the Sense | Mono-Transfers, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

  • 2016

    Roots, National Young Arts Foundation, Miami
    INSTINCTS, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas
    Small Golden Suns, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Surface Body Action Space, Mary Boone Gallery, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

  • 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), New York

  • 2011

    Character Gestures, OHWOW gallery, 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

  • 2007

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

  • 2006

    Cityscapes, Art Basel Miami Beach
    The Mystic Writing Pad, Koehler Gallery, Whitworth College, Washington

  • 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 gallery, Okayama

  • 2002

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

  • 2000

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

  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2020

    SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space, Library Street Collective, Detroit (Digital Exhibition) https://www.lscgallerysite.com

  • 2019

    yasiin bey: Negus, Brooklyn Museum, New York
    Reflections, Gana Art Seoul, Seoul
    Beyond the Streets, 25 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, New York
    GLASSTRESS 2019, Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Venezia

  • 2017

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

  • 2016

    Seeing / Saying: Images and Words, Van Every Gallery, Davidson College, North Carolina
    Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source, Neuberger Museum of Art Purchase College, New York

  • 2015

    Imagining New Worlds: Wifredo Lam, Jose Parla, Fahamu Pecou, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

  • 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

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

  • 2009

    The Kings County Biennial, Kidd Yellin Gallery, New York
    Stages (Live Strong Foundation), O.H.W.O.W., Miami; Deitch Projects, New York; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
    The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

  • 2008

    The New Grand Tour, DNA Space, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing
    Hi & Lo, Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2007

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

  • 2004

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

  • 2003

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

  • AWARD, PANELS AND RESIDENCIES
  • 2019

    Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review Award for Amistad América (Landmarks Commission)

  • 2016

    Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame Award Inductee

  • 2014

    Istanbul74′ Arts & Culture Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
    Brooklyn Arts Council honoree
    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

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