John Andrew Perello, better known by the name JonOne, is an American graffiti artist/painter with Dominican origins born in Harlem, New York, in 1963.
JonOne abandoned school early on, rejecting the conventional scholastic system in order to fully devote himself to his passion: investing artistic creation in subway cars and upon virgin walls, appropriating the urban space so as to turn it into his own open-sky museum. The year 1984 was a turning point for JonOne, in which he created the 156 All Starz group and met A-One, an influence who was to expand the horizons of the young artist when he introduced JonOne to the world of exhibitions, travelling, and museums, thereby forcing him to step outside of his native Harlem and enrich his artistic culture. In 1987, JonOne left to France, where he settled, residing in the former Bretonneau hospital which had become one of the major art squats in Paris.
The young painter’s arrival in Paris, where he got to discover France’s singular street art, coincided with his first compositions on canvas and the beginnings of his recognition, which was further bolstered through exhibitions in Berlin and Paris in the 1990s, as well as by the interest expressed by many collectors.
Known today as one of the major players in international street art, JonOne developed a very personal, unique style. His compositions appeal to the spectator-beholder’s eye, with the vast stretches of bright colors and energetic painting they show. The art of JonOne stems from a mix of two underlying influences: graffiti writing and American action painting. Proceeding in successive layers, the artist générally fills the canvas with long, winding lines in various colors against a ground of rough brushwork. The monumental size of the large majority of his works recalls the urban genesis of JonOne’s art and injects his paintings with urban street art’s inherent energy, transposed onto a lasting support such as the canvas he often uses.
The Street art department of Aguttes was launched in 2011, in order to respond to an increasing demand of such pieces in the art market. If you want to sale a painting by JonOne, kindly contact Ophélie Guillerot from our Neuilly-sur-Seine office, or Agathe Thomas from our Lyon office, both in charge of the street art department at Aguttes auction house.