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.He said, "The subway is a museum that runs through the city."
In 1984, he 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. "When I arrived in Paris in 1987, people were a little disappointed (laughs) I came from New York, so they saw me as the representative of New York graffiti. While it's true, I am primarily Jonone and basta! What I did was not representative of what they could imagine, I was more free and technically, I was in the imagination. As I had the technique, I could leave it behind me and create, combine hundreds of information, graphics take shortcuts while leaving me with the flow. Today, I belong to the old school. I work in a comfortable, at ease with lettering or anything else. I no longer have to prove anything: my past speaks for me. On the other hand, I did not want to spend my time on the claim."- JonOne "I have received no arts education. When I tagged trains in New York, I could not imagine that one day I would express myself on canvas. What really got me was the tag to see other painting graffiti all over town. The school to which I was very strict. And so boring! I remember at the time, those on the street were free. I did not want what America offered me: a job, a nice suit and a nice house. I met A-One (Anthony Clark from 1964 to 2001). He used to hang out with Jean-Michel Basquiat (Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 1960 - August 12, 1988). A-one was the link between the street and the world of art. He traveled in Europe and returned with a lot of money, just through his art. I listened to his travel books and my eyes burned with envy. At that time in New York, I was like many today: I was hanging in front of my building. In these times, I either I did not go out of my neighborhood. With A-One, I began to visit exhibitions, to feed my vision of what was happening in this world. I started to take my work seriously, not to consider it as vandalism but simply as art." - JonOne SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014, Cryptation, Kolly Gallery, Zürich, Suisse 2014, JonOne : Back In Town, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, Chine 2013, When The Substance Becomes Bigger Than The Being (Blood Of Paris), New Square Gallery, Lille, France 2013, JonOne in Moscow, Boccara Gallery, Moscou, Russie 2013, L’art contemporain s’invite à Saint-Germain, Boutique agnès b., Paris, France 2013, Iron One, Art Partner Galerie Laurent Rigail& Eric Brugier, Paris, France 2013, J-Punk, Art Partner Galerie Laurent Rigail & Eric Brugier, Paris, France 2013, Twi-Lights Of Colors, Galerie Martine Ehmer, Bruxelles, Belgique 2012, A Beautiful Madness, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis 2012, Untitled, Galerie David Pluskwa, Marseille, France 2012, Untitled, Barbara De Palma Gallery / Galerie David Pluskwa, Saint-Tropez, France 2012, JonOne Transformations, Galerie Rive Gauche Marcel Strouk, Paris, France 2011, Out Of Nowhere, New Square Gallery, Lille, France 2011, Throw Up, BKRW, Paris, France 2011, The City Breathes…,Galerie Rabouan-Moussion, Paris, France 2011, Untitled, Venise Cadre Gallery, Casablanca, Maroc 2011, Untitled, Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, Chine 2011, Untitled, Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, Chine 2011, Da Sun Will Always Shine, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris, France 2010, Da New Work, Galerie Helenbeck, Nice, France 2010, Abstractions, Gallery Magda Danysz, Paris, France 2010, Retrospective 20 ans / 20 years, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Suisse 2010, Escape From New York, Galerie Australe, Saint-Denis de la Réunion 2010, Carved In Stone, Art Partner Galerie Laurent Rigail & Eric Brugier, Paris, France 2009, Autoportraits, Art Partner Galerie Laurent Rigail & Eric Brugier, Paris, France 2009, Untitled, The Don Gallery, Milan, Italie 2009, Close up, Speerstra Gallery Genève, Suisse 2009, The Art is Yours, Gallery Magda Danysz, Paris, France 2009, Untitled, Bund 18 Gallery / Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, Chine 2009, Graffiti Gallery, Copenhague, Danemark 2008, My Father’s Keeper, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris, France 2008, De l’Art à la Table, Galerie Aga / La Cornue, Gland, Suisse 2008, Brut Graffiti (paintings) and Follow The Sun (works on paper), Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Suisse 2008, JonOne Miami Beat, Carol Jazzar, Miami, Etats-Unis 2007, Urban Calligraphy, Art Statement Gallery, Harbour City, Hong Kong, Chine 2007, Sir JonOne à Paris, Galerie Helenbeck, Paris, France 2007, Art of Living, Speerstra Gallery Bursins, Suisse 2006, JonOne live painting and srt jam session-Finds, Art Statement Gallery, Hong Kong, Chine 2006, Serigraff, Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 2005, Back Jumps, The Live Issue.#2, Berlin, Allemagne 2005, Festival Walk, JonOne’s Graffiti, Art Statement Gallery Hong Kong, Chine 2005, Urban Calligraphy, Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 2005, Galerie Helenbeck, Nice, France 2004, Remix Art Collection série de 4 chaises Louis XV, Galerie Helenbeck, Nice, France 2004, Night and Day, Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 2003, Dr Ernest Emilion& Pauline Lang D.C present Medecine For The Soul… small paintings by JonOne, Paris, France 2003, 100% Vandal A Lyon… Pour agnès b. JonOne Window Painting, Lyon, France 2003, JonOne Talking to Walls, Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 2003, Galerie du jour agnès b., Los Angeles, San Francisco & Chicago, Etats-Unis 2002, agnès b. graffiti JonOne, Galerie du jour agnès b.,Ginza, Japon 2002, Black Diamonds, Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 2001, Digital Graffiti, Pop-Up Store, Paris, France 1998, Junk loves JonOne, Junk by Junko Shimada, Paris, France 1997, Junko Shimada, Paris, France 1995, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France 1994, Color Vision, L’Espace, Paris, France 1992, Galerie Structures / Speerstra Gallery, Montpellier, France 1992, Tribal Instincts, Galerie Michel Gillet / Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France 1992, JonOne peintures, Galerie B5 / Speerstra Gallery, Fontvieille, Monaco 1992, JonOne, L’Hôpital Ephémère, Paris, France 1991, JonOne, Espace Protis, Paris, France