Pieter Janssen aka Parra is a Dutch artist best known for his curved post-Pop imagery, highly saturated colors, vibrant hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters. Working across drawing, painting, animation and sculpture, Parra creates an enigmatic and instantly recognizable style that defies easy categorization. Celebrated by galleries and championed by an underground following from the outset, Parra has quickly become a respected and eclectic artist worldwide. Parra is cofounder of cult apparel label Rockwell Clothing and a member of electronic music group Le Le.
Born in 1976 in Maastricht, The Netherlands, the largely self-taught artist Parra began his career drawing flyers and posters for music venues in Amsterdam in the 1990s. In 2012, he was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) to create Weirded Out, a 60-foot indoor mural, currently part of their permanent collection. His signature hand-drawn approach to illustration and design led to collaborations with brands such as NIKE and InCase. Parra’s works have been exhibited in galleries across Europe and North America.