Brooklyn-based artist José Parlá first emerged onto the underground Miami art scene in the 1980s, experimenting with various art forms, colour and abstract calligraphy. Since then, he has gained worldwide critical acclaim for his huge wall-scale works, which reimagine the chaos and rush of the metropolis in photorealistic fragments of paint.
As part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, Parlá returns to his native Miami Beach for an immersive installation called Roots. Set in the Jewel Box as part of the National YoungArts Foundation, his work explores the connections between past and present, both in his own family history and the building itself. Parlá explained, “My old friend once said, ‘Without roots the tree won’t grow.’ This has always stuck with me and remained present in the process of my work over the years.”