José Parlá was born in Miami in 1973. He studied at Miami Dade College, New World School of the Arts, and Savannah College of Art and Design.
Parlá’s roots as a graffiti artist are made evident in his use of energetic lines, bold colors, and expansive scale. Blending together curving, dynamic lines with calligraphy and personal inscriptions and using materials such as spray paint, markers, and fragments of posters, Parlá’s works engage viewers on both a personal and universal level and embrace the ephemerality of their materials and spaces. “As a result, these works are time capsules, mixed documents of memory and research; part performance, as I impersonate the characters that leave their marks on walls. Time is a part of these paintings as their creative process simulates the passing of time on city walls and their layers of history with layers of paint, posters, writing, and re-construction.”
Parlá ‘s works have been shown in solo exhibitions at the High Museum (Atlanta), OHWOW Gallery (Los Angeles), and Mary Boone Gallery (New York). They can also be found in the collections of the British Museum (London), the Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo), and the POLA Museum of Art (Hakone). He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
RxArt proudly collaborated with the artist at Incarnation Children’s Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City in 2016.