José Parlá is a critically acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist and painter with roots in the Miami and New York graffiti scenes. His large-scale murals, photography, video and sculpture employ a combination of paint, writing and found ephemera in a dance between textures and decay, evoking the collective unconscious of urban environments. Using the backdrop of world cities, he creates abstractions that can appear to be fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis. His work reflects the ephemeral layers of walls that show a place that was, but no longer is — built over, renewed in some other configuration in the present, engaging memory and imagination with the contemporary.
BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Martha Cooper.