Urban Art

JonOne /   John Andrew Perello

United States 1963

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti


John Andrew Perello
United States
February 23, 2014

John Andrew Perello, aka JonOne, Jonone or Jon156, is an American artist, most famous for his Graffiti-influenced art.

John “JonOne” Perello was born in New York, Harlem where elaborate and colorful Graffiti Art thrived. His parents wer from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in Harlem, his introduction to street art began at an early age, when he would see graffiti and tags on subway cars and city walls. Adopting these modes of expression, JonOne used the energy he felt from the city to find freedom in painting his urban landscape. While he has evolved from his early tagging days, his art continues to be inspired by the “Urban Jungle” from his youth.

“When you walk around, you see the names everywhere. Instead of reading newspapers like everybody else, I’d read graffiti on the streets every morning. I was curious about who was responsible and wanted to do it myself.”

Juggling between failing at school and family troubles at home meant that this young man could not avoid the everyday life of endangered teenagers and could only embrace the education the streets themselves offered. He began tagging his name in graffiti at the age of 17, with a childhood friend. In 1984, he founded the Graffiti 156 All Starz, to bring together the passion of Graffiti artists.  During those early years, he met his French counterpart, Bando, who invited him instantly to Paris. John browsed the Parisian sidewalk, accompanied by the pioneers of French Hip-Hop, and started to produce paintings in the heart of an open-aired workshop at the Éphémère hospital. Magda Danysz, Marcel Strouk and even David Pluskwa have exhibited his work. His pieces were priviliged enough to be displayed in Tokyo, Monaco, New York and Hong Kong.

After moving to Paris, he began his work as a painter on canvas in a workshop. Soon he made his name in Parisian artistic circles, through his works on canvas, and was exhibited in 1990 at Gallery 45 in Berlin, and took part in the exhibition Graffiti Paris, where his work is constantly exposed to the world. His work is among those that achieve the highest bids for Graffiti Art in the world.

JonOne’s paintings defy the “rules” of graffiti. With a tremendous sense of movement and color, his compositions combine freestyle, hand-painted aesthetics with a sense of repetition akin to textile patterns. His work has often been compared to that of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and French artist Jean Dubuffet. By layering precise strokes and vibrant color, he creates a uniquely balanced yet dynamic visual experience.

JonOne lives and works in Paris.

Images courtesy of the artist, Galerie David Pluskwa – Marseille and New Square Gallery – Lille 

Photo Credits: Gwen Le Bras

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015JonOne Transformations II Galerie Rive Gauche-Marcel Strouk, Paris, FranceSolo
2014West Side storiesFabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, USSolo
2014Love Etc…Galerie David Pluskwa, Marseille, FranceGroup
2014JonOne, Back In TownArt Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, Chine Solo
2014Art ContemporainGalerie David Pluskwa, Marseille, FranceGroup
2014 Evolution To Oils Galerie Rabouan-Moussion, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Cryptation Kolly Gallery, Zürich, SuisseSolo
2013Past - PresentGalerie Le Feuvre, ParisGroup
2013Chaotic BeautyProtvo, St. PetersburgGroup
2013Vhils, JonOne, Yz Centre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2013Vhils JonOne, Obey, ect.Voklienger Hutte Museum, Voklienger, GermanyGroup
2013Scope NY 2013 Fabien Castanier Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013A Beautiful Madness Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012A Beautiful Madness Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012French Invasion Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Transformations Galerie Rive Gauche, ParisGroup
2012OverlookGalery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2011The City Breathes Galerie Rabouan Moussion, ParisGroup
2011Words and Dreams, Where Technology Meets Dreams and Vice Versa 18Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2010Abstractions Galerie Magda Danysz, ParisGroup
2010Retrospective 20 ans / 20 years Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Carved In Stone Galerie Brugier-Rigail, ParisGroup
2009JonOneDon Gallery, MilanSolo
2009JonOne18Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2009Whole in the WallHelenbeck Galllery, New YorkGroup
2009JonOneGraffitigalleriet, CopenhagenSolo
2009Tag au Grand Palais Show ParisGroup
2009PropeaceMaison Folle, Lille, FranceGroup
2009Arte FieraGalerie Magda Danysz, Bologne, ItalyGroup
2008Whole in the wall American GraffitiGaleries Helenbeck, Paris & Nice, FranceGroup
2008Show Off Galerie Magda Danysz, ParisSolo
2008My Father’s KeeperGalerie Lefeuvre, ParisGroup
2008Follow the SunSpeerstra Gallery, Bursins, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Brut Graffiti Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, SuisseGroup
2007Game OverGalerie Magda Danysz, ParisGroup
2007Group HangingAbbaye d’Auberive, AuberiveGroup
2007Group ShowMusée Paul Valery,Group
2007L’art modeste sous les bombesMIAMGroup
2007Sir JonOneGalerie Helenbeck,Solo
2007The Art of LivingSpeerstra Gallery, Bursins, SwitzerlandGroup
2006SerigraffGalerie Speerstra, ParisGroup
2006JonOneEspace Art 22, BrusselsSolo
2006Friends of BasquiatGalerie Agnès B., ParisGroup
2006Ugly WinnersGalerie Agnès B., ParisGroup
2006JonOneArt Statement Gallery, Hong-KongSolo
2006JonOneGalerie 5213, BerlinSolo
2005Urban CalligraphyGalerie Speerstra, ParisGroup
2005Festival WalkArt Statement Gallery, Hong-KongGroup
2005JonOneEspace HelenBeck, NiceSolo
2005The Live Issue.#2Back Jumps, BerlinGroup
2005Bande à partGalerie Agnès B., Group show, Paris Group
2004Night and dayGalerie Speerstra, ParisGroup
2004C3Galerie Anthem, New-YorkGroup
2004Ice BlueArt Statement Gallery, Hong-Kong Group
2003FIACGalerie Agnès B., ParisGroup
2003Talking to walls Galerie Speerstra, ParisGroup
2002Armory ShowGalerie Agnès B., New YorkGroup
2002Installation WorksGalerie Agnès B., Hong KongGroup
2001Seven Deadly SinsTriiad, ParisGroup
2001Color WarsGalerie Michel Gillet, ParisGroup
2000JonOneGalerie Cargo, Paris Solo
1998FreestyleNowhere-Land, Belgique Group
1997JonOneunko Shimada, ParisSolo
1997JonOne & SharpPreo, TokyoGroup
1996Crossing PathGalerie Michel Gillet, Paris Group
1995JonOneCarrousel du Louvre, ParisSolo
1995JonOne & DzineIdaho Gallery, Chicago Group
1994Good TimesEspace Dunoye, Paris Group
1992JonOneGalerie Magda Danysz, ParisSolo
1992JonOneHopital Ephémère, ParisSolo
1992JonOneGalerie Structures, MontpellierSolo
1192JonOneGalerie Michel Gillet, Paris Galerie B5, Monaco Solo
1991JonOneEspace Protis, Paris Solo
1990JonOneGalerie Glebisch 45, BerlinSolo