José Parra, Mexican painter, was born in Guadalajara Jal. Mexico on Jan. 29th 1975. He started as an apprentice at his father’s studio in Guadalajara at the age of 16, where he was able to develop his own compositions always influenced by the Spanish baroque sculpture, paintings and furniture manufactured at the family’s studio. He lived in Puerto Vallarta for short periods of time during 1998-1999, where he was able to begin a more personal style at first influenced by surrealism but blending it with Mexican elements like “Talavera”.
On 2000 he started traveling to U.S. and Canada. The contact with Grady Harp in California and Neal Zuckerman in NY provided the setting for a new language. The ideas of Frederick Hart based in Teilhard de Chardin and the work of Anne Bachelier, among other artists at CFM in NY, changed the stile into a more realistic one, fantastic and yet with the deep baroque influence from childhood. He joined the Art Student’s League of NY on 2001 and back in Mexico, the Atelier of Carlos Vargas Pons. He’s participated in catalogues and publications in Mexico, United States and Europe. On 2010 he will participate in the book “International Contemporary Artists” and three hardcover books: “Dreamscapes”, “Imaginaire” and “100 Artists of the Male Figure”. His paintings have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in galleries within the United States, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, France and Mexico. His exhibitions and presentations on his homeland Guadalajara, have a growing audience and are always accompanied with exotic performances. The last one held more than 800 people on the Vernisage at Ex Convento del Carmen.