José Parlá
Surface Body / Action Space

12 September to 31 October 2015
541 West 24 Street

Born in Miami, Florida, 1973.

Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida.
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.
New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida.

Lives in Brooklyn, New York.


The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas. José Parlá: Instincts.
Tuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Small Golden Suns.

Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. Surface Body / Action Space.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC, NY. Surface Body / Action Space.
The Standard, High Line Plaza, NYC, NY. Segmented Realities.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Segmented Realities.

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC, NY. In Medias Res.

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. PROSE.
Haunch of Venison, London, England. Broken Language.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York. Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture.

OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Character Gestures.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC, NY. Walls, Diaries and Paintings.

Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong, China. Reading Through Seeing.

Cristina Grajales, NYC, NY. Layered Days.
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, England. Adaptation/Translation.

Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. The Grand Tour.
Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia. The Elsewhere Community.

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida. Cityscapes.
Koehler Gallery, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington. The Mystic Writing Pad.


Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba. Detras del Muro/Behind the Wall.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Imagining New Worlds, Wilfredo Lam, José Parlá, Fahamu Pecou.

Havana, Cuba. 11th Havana Biennial.
Havana, Cuba. Wrinkles of the City. (JR and José Parlá)
Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Legal Tender.

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida. It Ain’t Fair – OHWOW.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC, NY. The New Grand Tour.

Kidd Yellin Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. The Kings County Biennial.
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France. Stages.
Deitch Projects, NYC, NY. Stages.
OHWOW Gallery, Miami, Florida. Stages.
V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. The New Yorkers.

DNA Space, Beijing, China. The New Grand Tour.
Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Hi & Lo.

Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London, England. Pirate Utopias – Futura and José Parlá.

Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, NY. Hollywood to the Street: Mimmo Rotella and José Parlá.
SECCA - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Barnstormers: Retrospective.

Agnès B. Galerie, Paris, France. What about New York?.


Laster, Paul, Wall Smart, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 16-22 September 2015, p. 54.

Lehrer, Adam, “Surface Body/Action Space” Finds Artist José Parlá at the Height of His Powers, FORBES.COM, 12 September 2015.

Smith, Jennifer, Painter Climbs Up in the Art World, One Wall at a Time, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11 September 2015, p. A17.

Braver, Rita, Artist José Parlá reaches new heights, CBS NEWS, 6 September 2015.

Belcove, Julie L., Art Scene, ARCHITECTURALDIGEST.COM, 31 July 2015.

Sheets, Hilary M., New Near the High Line, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 July 2015, p. C18.

Munro, Cait, Is José Parlá’s Mural at One World Trade Center the World’s Largest Welcome Mat?, ARTNET.COM, 21 November 2014.

A.M.B., Art Fit for a Skyscraper, ECONOMIST.COM, 6 November 2014.

Boatright, Kristen, In the Studio with José Parlá, ARTINFO.COM, 1 October 2014.

Kinberger, Charlotte, José Parlá In the Midst of Things, WHITEWALL, 30 September 2014.

Baumgardner, Julie, Higher Ground, CULTURED MAGAZINE, September 2014.

Binlot, Ann, A Lesson in Cultural Diplomacy, FORBES.COM, 26 June 2014.

Boatright, Kristen, High-Profile Names Help Istanbul Celebrate Arts and Culture, ARTINFO.COM, 19 June 2014.

Staff, Artist José Parlá Opens Up on His Miami, ARTSY.COM, 29 November 2013.

Murphy, Tim, Layering it as it Plays, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 June 2013, p. E11.

Roffino, Sara, 29 Questions for Narrative Painter José Parlá, ARTINFO.COM, 13 May 2013.

Barrionuevo, Alexei, Is It Art, or Is It Just Real Estate?, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 11 April 2013, p. RE4.

Wee, Darryl Jingwen, José Parlá’s First Solo Show at Yuka Tsuruno, ARTINFO.COM, 5 April 2013.

Paginton, Fred, José Parlá’s Broken Language, WHITEWALL, 20 February 2013.

Aguilar, Andrea, El Rey Cubano de Brooklyn, EL PAIS, 16 January 2013.

Cashdan, Marina, Memo From Miami: The Cuban Connection, THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE BLOG, 7 December 2012.

Cembalest, Robin, Cuban Interest Section, ART NEWS, 5 December 2012.

Cohen, Patricia, New Art for Brooklyn, THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTS BEAT, 20 September 2012.

Parlá, José, Work In Progress, V MAGAZINE, Fall 2012, p. 139.

Vogel, Carol, A Really Big Painting for BAM’s New Theater, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 3 August 2012.

Jaffe, Tali, José Parlá’s “Character Gestures” Opens at OHWOW in LA, WMAGAZINE.COM, September 2011.

Schiller, Sara, and Jiae Kim, José Parlá’s Art Collection, THEME MAGAZINE, Issue 23, August 2011.

Laster, Paul, Review: José Parlá, “Walls, Diaries & Paintings”, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 4 April 2011.

Binlot, Ann, Asked & Answered: José Parlá, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE ONLINE, 18 March 2011.

Daquino, John Everett, The Urban Life Force, ARTSLANT.COM, 13 March 2011.

Balestin, Juliana, José Parlá at Bryce Wolkowitz, PURPLE DIARY (France), 12 March 2011.

Slenske, Michael, Bomb, Memory: Q+A With José Parlá, ART IN AMERICA, 7 March 2011.

Indrisek, Scott, The Writing on the Wall, MODERN PAINTERS, March 2011.

Rabinovitch, Simona, Calligraphic Coding, NUVO MAGAZINE, Spring 2011.

Rabinovitch, Simona, José Parlá Brings Massive Murals to Toronto, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, 17 January 2011.

Pelleteri, Carissa, Featured Artists: José Parlá & Rey Parlá, ARTCARDS.CC, 30 November 2010.

Dauriac, Romain, José Parlá, CLARK MAGAZINE (France), November-December 2010, pp. 28-29.

O’Byrne, Alix, José Parlá, L’OFFICIEL HOMMES (Paris), September 2010, p. 85.

Birchill-White, Alexandra, 2010’s Wisest Resolution was to Fly to New York to Meet José Parlá, AIE MAGAZINE (Paris), Summer 2010.

Gleadell, Colin, Arts Market News, TELEGRAPH.CO.UK, December 2009.

Garfield, Joey, José Parlá, JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE, December 2009, pp. 64-77.

Havis, Richard James, Off the Wall, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong), 17 May 2009, p. 10 Arts.

Parlá, Rey, José Parlá and the Bizen Pottery Tradition, THE NEW ORDER, Issue 2, 2009, pp. 124-125.

Bryce, James, José Parlá, THE NEW ORDER, Issue One, 2009, pp. 124-128.

Waltemath, Joan, José Parlá: Layered Days, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, December 2008.

Dauriac, Romain, José Parlá: Fragments de Memoires, CLARK MAGAZINE (France), November-December 2008, pp. 34-37.

Parlá, Rey, José Parlá Interview, THE NEW GRAND TOUR MONOGRAPH, 2008.

Gavin, Francesca, State of Decay: José Parlá, DAZED & CONFUSED, 2007, p. 158.

For a full biography please contact the gallery.