Originally from southern Holland, first considered a cult artist by graphic designers, in the last years Parra landed to important international galleries and museums, such as San Francisco MOMA. Parra is an artist with a myriad of talents: illustrator, graphic designer, creator of Rockwell by Parra Clothing and musician in Le Le. Parra is known to lovers of his illustrations for the themes and motifs which have become unmistakable and distinctive trademarks of his style: flat, highly saturated colors, vibrant typographic hand-drawn letters, and worlds inhabited by hybrid, bizarre, surreal characters.
Men with bird heads, fleshy and voluptuous women with round sensual bodies, mixed with texts and themes ranging from sarcastic and introspective, to ironic and bold, all the way to nonsensical.
Piet Janssen "Parra" (born in 1976) lives and works in Amsterdam. Son of an artist, once part of the early nineties skate scene, he began his career as a self-taught artist by hand drawing graphics and type for album covers of underground groups and posters/flyers for clubs. His silkscreen posters of silhouettes with thick outlines, flat colors, and amusing texts, have rendered his style easily recognizable. Esteemed and popular in the independent scene in the beginning, he then quickly became one of the most recognized, creative, and eclectic illustrators worldwide. Important clothing brands have recruited Parra to customize limited edition products, his hands have illustrated important ad campaigns, his works have been shown in various solo exhibitions in Europe and in the USA.
Some of his more recent solo exhibits: No Work Today, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, 2016; Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, 2016; Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, 2016; I Can't look at your Face Anymore, Ruttkowski: 68, Cologne, 2016; Salut, Alice Gallery, Brussels, 2015; Yer so Bad, Jonathan Levine, New York, 2015; Parra (a 10 year survey, The story so far), Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 2015; Same Old Song, HVW8, Los Angeles, 2014; Tracy had a Hard Sunday, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York City, USA, 2013; And Wait for Something to Happen, Ruttkowski;68 Gallery, Cologne, 2013; Il Senso di Colpa, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, 2013; Kind Regrets, HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2012; Weirded Out, SF MOMA, San Francisco, 2012; The How Original Show, HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011; The Amsterdam Show, Common Gallery, Tokyo, Giappone, 2010; The Disco of Italo, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, 2009; Is that a gun my friend?, HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles, 2009; I Like the Tee Shirt but I Will Get the Painting, Pool Gallery, Berlin, 2009; Boo to the Hoo, Lazy Dog Gallery, Parigi, 2008; Random Tits, Reed Space, New York, 2007; Parrived, Arrive, Miami, 2007; LalaLa, HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles, 2007; The Of Best, Vallery Galley, Barcelona, 2007; Tits And Typo, Kemistry Gallery, Londra, 2006; The Art of Parra, Toykyo, Ghent, 2006; I really like it but could you change the colors & the design?, Lazy Dog Gallery, Paris, 2006.