José Parlá, ‘Via Vallisa, Bari’, 2017, Brand New Gallery

About José Parlá

Primarily a painter of murals, paintings, and works on paper, José Parlá also produces installations, video, sculpture, and photographic works that explore or respond to urban landscapes. Parlá’s large-scale compositions resemble city walls that, like palimpsests or psychogeographic maps, have accrued years of ephemera, posters, and fliers; he blends curvy gestures, calligraphy, and personal inscriptions with blurred color fields, using brushes, markers, spray paint, and sometimes fragments of fliers and posters. Parlá has produced several public commissions, including a giant mural at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. “With making abstract painting,” he has said, “I felt that what I was doing and what I’m still doing is translating the many different cultures and many different languages that I’m confronting.”

Cuban-American, b. 1973, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States

Solo Shows

2018
Neuberger Museum of Art, Neu Space 42, 
New York, NY, United States,
No Space / Non Place
2017
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 
New York,
ONE: Union of the Senses / Mono-Transfers
2017
SCAD Museum of Arts, Savannah College of Art & Design, 
Savannah, GA, United States,
ROOTS
2016
Goss-Michael Foundation, 
Dallas, TX, United States,
Instincts