José Parlá is a critically acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist in painting, large scale murals, photography, video and sculpture. He started painting in the early 1980s, exhibiting his works in the streets of Miami, and studied at Miami Dade Community College, New World School of the Arts and Savannah College of Art & Design. 

Parlá's work has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase; National YoungArts Foundation, Miami; Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson; and the Havana Biennial, Havana, among others. Parlá's work is in several public collections including the British Museum, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; POLA Museum of Art, Hakone; and the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana. 

Permanent Public Arts projects include commissions by the University of Texas, Austin; One World Trade Center for his monumental mural painting, ONE: Union of the Senses, the largest painting of its kind in New York City, in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere; Barclays Center, New York; Brooklyn Academt of Music, New York; André Balazs' Chiltern Firehouse, London; North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library by Snøhetta; and at Concord City Place, Toronto.