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José Parlá

Charged abstraction with a language of its own.

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

In monumental, gestural paintings Parlá connects autobiography with grand subcultural histories. With roots in Subway art, his signature, stylized writing is painted and scribed into the surface of artworks which, through dense layering, are rendered partially abstract - establishing both symbolic and literal modes of legibility. Created with a wealth of materials, techniques and pigments, the pai...

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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

Avant Arte and José Parlá have one upcoming collaboration.