Jose Parla standing in front of a colourful abstract painting

José Parlá

Painting for the people

"The process in my work is similar to that of the city. The work builds its foundation through memory."

José Parlá doesn’t paint, he dances. “My type of meditation is listening to music. I move to it, and eventually it translates into the movement that happens in the painting”. In the studio, he leaps, jumps and climbs across the canvas with his brush. The results are magnificently abstract and burst with kinetic energy. Parlá's passion for music and dance harks back to his childhood. When he was gr...

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Cuban-American artist José Parlá was born 1973 in Miami, Florida and now practices in Brooklyn, New York.


The artist was awarded a scholarship from Savannah College of Art & Design at just 16 years old when a teacher discovered the already-exceptional calibre of his work.

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Many cite It’s Yours, Parlá’s 2020 solo exhibition at The Bronx Museum of The Arts, as New York's last great pre-pandemic opening.

Collaborations with José Parlá

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