José Parlá


José Parlá an artist who assumes several roles in order to create his work; he acts as a historical transcriber and a visual raconteur. As a transcriber, he records his experiences in calligraphic and palimpsestic code. Serving as a collection of textually chronicled memories, the markings appear on backdrops that resemble the distressed surfaces he encounters – city walls marred from layers of paint, old posters, and years of neglect. As a storyteller, Parlá presents a leitmotif of an enigmatic narrative, reaching to translate moments that only a visual dialogue can convey. As art historian Michael Betancourt has written, “What Parla’s work provides to its viewers is a way to re-see the city and re-engage the value of urban life.” Parlá, born 1973 in Miami, Florida studied painting at Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia and New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida.