As a child, José Parlá, a son of Cuban immigrants, was a street artist in his hometown of Miami. He signed his graffiti works with the nickname Ease.
A high school teacher who spotted his talent helped him get a scholarship to Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design when he was just 16.
In the late '90s he moved to New York. As he established himself in the Brooklyn art scene, he was invited to show his works in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris and London.