jonone

 JONONE
  • biography
JonOne was born in New York's Harlem neighborhood to parents from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in Harlem, his introduction to street art began when he would see graffiti and tags on subway cars and city walls. When he was 17 he entered the world of graffiti with his childhood friend "White Man," tagging his name Jon with the numbers 156 on walls and trains in his neighborhood. JonOne said, "The subway is a museum that runs through the city."

In 1984, JonOne founded the graffiti group 156 All Starz, in order to bring together their passion for painting trains at night and to help forget about their problems, including drug use. At this time, he met the artist Bando, who was living in New York. Following an invitation from Bando, Jonone moved to Paris in 1987.

JonOne began his work as a painter on canvas in a workshop at the Hospital Ephemeral, a literal hospital building that became a squatting place for artists, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Here, he painted with the artists A-One, Sharp, Ash (Victor Ash), Jayone and Skki.

JonOne made a name for himself in Parisian artistic circles through his work on canvas and the exhibitions he held, including one in 1990 at Gallery 45 Gleditsch in Berlin and the exhibition Graffiti Paris, at rue Chapon in Paris.

At an Artcurial auction on June 6, 2007, Match Point, a large canvas by JonOne made at the Hospital Ephemeral in 1993, was bought by a New York collector for €24,800, a record sale for the artist. This auction was also the highest bid ever obtained in France for a work of graffiti art. Since 2013 JonOne enriched its creation by collaborating with Didier Marien from the Boccara Gallery on an important series of street art rugs.

exhibitions :

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canvas

Zoom Love stories

Love stories

Oil on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

74" x 53" x 2" (189cm x 135cm x 6cm) available
Zoom Winter storm, 2013

Winter storm, 2013

Acrylic on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

80" x 120" x 2" (204cm x 305cm x 6cm) available
Zoom Misty Copeland, 2016

Misty Copeland, 2016

Oil on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

80" x 107" (202cm x 272cm) available
Zoom Music in the Ears, 2017

Music in the Ears, 2017

Acrylic and ink on canvas - One of a kind original artwork

53" x 65" (135cm x 165cm) available

paper

Zoom Watching Pixels, 2014

Watching Pixels, 2014

Mixed technic on paper on canvas / hand painted silkscreen with ink and acrylique - One of a kind original artwork

39" x 27" (99cm x 69cm) available
Zoom The Antique Dealer, 2014

The Antique Dealer, 2014

Mixed technic on paper / hand painted silkscreen with ink and acrylique - One of a kind original artwork

42" x 30" (106cm x 76cm) available
Zoom Set #9, 2014

Set #9, 2014

Mixed technic on paper / hand painted silkscreen with ink and acrylique - Limited edition of 35 ex.

39" x 27" (99cm x 69cm) available

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