John Andrew Perello, also well known as JonOne, was born in 1963 in New York. He began to make graffiti at the end of the 1970s by writing his name all around the city and on subway trains. "What really got me into tagging was seeing others painting graffiti all over city".
It was around this time that he met the A-One who used to hang out with Jean-Michel Basquiat. "The A-One was the link between the streets and the world of Art. He traveled to Europe and came back with a lot of money, just because of his art. I listened to his travel stories and my eyes were shining with envy", he continues.
In 1984, Jon founded the group 156 All Starz, his street number. He then becomes the Jon156, and then the JonOne.
In 1985, the JonOne began painting on canvas, stubbornly reproducing the founding element of his style: the vision of a scratched subway train engendering streaks of color with speed. What JonOne sets apart from other graffiti artists is precisely his attention to the agitation and movement of color rather than figuration.
That same year, the gallery owner Rick Librizzi exhibits it in the city of New York.
Following (and accepting) Bando's invitation, he moved to Paris in 1987. France then gave him the opportunity to "continue his personal enrichment".
In 1990, JonOne met Cornette de Saint Cyr, who allowed her to move to the Ephemeral Hospital, a squat established in the Bretonneau Hospital from 1990 to 1995. Agnès b. meets there Jon in his studio and buys him two paintings, and this fact is the beginning of a long friendship.
His first solo exhibition, titled “Graffitism”, took place in 1990 at the Galerie Gleditsch 45 in Berlin, Germany. Several collective and personal exhibitions then followed all over the world (Tokyo, Monaco, Paris, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, Brussels, etc.) by this artist whose canvases are an explosion of colors.
His masters are Miró, Kandinsky, Matisse, and the American abstract expressionists Pollock, de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Robert Motherwell. Moreover, JonOne describes himself as an "abstract expressionist graffiti painter"
During an auction at Artcurial on June 6, 2007, the "Match point", a large-format canvas, dimensions of 214.50 x 190 cm, that produced at the Ephemeral Hospital in 1993, was removed by a New York collector for the amount of € 24,800, a world record for the artist. This auction is also the highest auction ever obtained in France for a work of graffiti art.
The date of January 22, 2011 marks his beginnings of collaboration with the Abbé Pierre Foundation. Jon creates a monumental fresco in the square des Deux-Nèthes in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. This fresco represents the face of the founder of the Emmaus movement in the guise of "The Winter Call 54". Appeal launched on Radio Luxembourg on February 1, 1954 by Abbé Pierre, following the death of a woman who froze to death in the street.
In December 2012, JonOne painted a fresco in the first social restaurant of the Abbé Pierre Foundation in Metz.
In January 2013, the Eric Cantona's Rolls Royce revamped by JonOne was sold by Artcurial for 125,000 euros for the benefit of the Abbé Pierre Foundation. A French collector finally won with a final auction, described as a record, well beyond the used price of this vehicle, said the auction house.
September 2013, launch at Galerie Magda Danysz of JonOne's collaboration with Clément rums which are celebrating their 125th anniversary. This very limited edition bottle of old VSOP rum - 30,000 copies for the 65 countries where the brand is present - is resolutely contemporary and symbolizes the values carried by the Clément brand, a clever blend of tradition and modernity.
At Artcurial's last sale, on February 5, 2014, the work "Rest In Peace", 1991, acrylic on canvas, dimensions of 190 x 368 cm, reached a historic price with an auction won at 71,240 euros, fees included.
JonOne collaborates with Perrier for the launch of a limited edition (named) "PERRIER inspired by Street Art®"
Presented on September 17 and 18, 2014 to journalists and influencers during a big evening at the Palais de Tokyo, the new limited edition PERRIER® is available around the theme of Street Art. PERRIER® has chosen 3 world-renowned street artists, JonOne, Sasu and Kobra, to create 9 unique designs for PET bottles, the Glass range and the PERRIER® Slim Can.
On October 15, the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, awarded JonOne with the city medal.
On October 26, THE CHRONICLES (David Pluskwa Art Contemporain Editions) is born, on this occasion a major exhibition takes place in 53 rue Grignan where paintings and a collector's box set published in 200 copies will be offered. The Chronicles is distributed by Pyramyd and sold out in less than 6 months.
On January 21, 2015, a work by Jon entitled the “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” and measuring 300 x 220 cm was inaugurated at the National Assembly in the Salon des Mariannes.
On February 19, JonOne awarded with the Legion of Honor as a Knight from the hands of Claude Bartolone, President of the Assembly.
From June 24 to November 1, the exhibition "Above And Below" by JonOne took place at the Carré Sainte-Anne in Montpellier. On August 21, the exhibition welcomed 50,000 visitors, according to the city.
In October, the Lacoste Live X JonOne collection is released.
On November 19, the inaugural Paris-New York flight of the Air France Boeing 777 takes place in the JonOne colors.
In January 2016, JonOne collaborates with the prestigious Maison Guerlain by revisiting the iconic Bee bottle. 98 unique pieces in total will be exhibited from January 4 on the Champs Elysées. Each Bee bottle will be numbered and signed, and produced in 34 pieces for the "Shalimar" and 32 pieces for the "La Petite Robe Noire" and for the "Rose Barbare". Price: 9000 €.
On February 25, the Mayor of Montpellier, Philippe Saurel, awarded JonOne with the medal of honorary citizen of the city. The artist donates the work "Up And Down", oil on canvas, dimensions of 300 x 200 cm, to the city.
In June, Jon collaborates with LG to create three speakers.
On November 30 is the launch, in New York at the Galerie Bartoux, of the Anglo-Saxon version of The Chronicles.
On June 26, 2017, JonOne created the event during the opening of her exhibition "Mixing the colors" which will be held until Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the brand's emblematic store in Cognac.
The Hennessy house unveils the Hennessy Very Special 2017 limited edition, created by street artist JonOne. Launched that same summer in the United States, the revisited bottle will be available in nearly 50 countries and will arrive in France in September.
At the end of May, the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping unveils the poster produced by Jonone, who succeeds Robert Combas, Paola Pivi, Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille. The appointment is given at the Champ de Mars on June 30, July 1 and 2, where an exhibition of the artist is visible.
On November 9, his solo exhibition entitled "The Empire of Signatures" begins at the Fondation Clément in Martinique; exhibition which will take place there until January 1, 2018.
On December 2 is the opening of his exhibition entitled “A dream longer than the night” at the Montresso Foundation in Marrakech.
On Wednesday June 13, 2018, the opening of the exhibition Abstrated Love took place at the Palais de la Bourse in Marseille, a project implemented by the David Pluskwa Gallery.
On November 2018, inauguration of the Tower of the National Library of Rabat painted by Jon.
On June 2019, in the city of Beijing, performance in the heart of the Forbidden City.
During 2020, JonOne is heading to Africa, with his first solo exhibition on this continent, with the ArtTime gallery, in the Ivory Coast in Abidjan on February 2020.