Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.
JonOne (1963) is the founder of Crew 156 All Starz. John Andrew Perello aka JonOne is a Dominican-born graffiti artist and painter born in New York City in 1963. Growing up in Harlem, JonOne began graffiti in the streets of his neighborhood at the age of 17. In 1984, JonOne founded the famous 156 All Starz crew.
In an innovative style that goes beyond the “rules” of graffiti, his works tackle “freestyle”. In his graffiti paintings, space is fully utilized, emptiness, white spaces simply do not exist. His palette is rich and deep, the tones and contrasts reveal games of subtle nuances, with a harmonious composition that seems spontaneous but also designed, there is symmetry and asymmetry.
He lives and works in Paris.