Born John Andrew Perello in 1963 in New York, the self-taught artist developed his signature colourful abstract style with dynamic brushstrokes, drips, and patterns. John ‚JonOne‘ Perello himself describes his art as „abstract expressionist graffiti“. Although many other writers have painted figurative characters, he very early decided to express himself differently using only writing. This decision made him stand out from other others as well as catching the attention of gallery owners. In 1985 his works were exhibited for the first time at the Rick Librizzi Gallery in New York. Soon after, in 1987, he moved to Paris, where he still lives and works. Since 1990 his works have been exhibited in countless solo and group exhibitions around the world, including Tokyo, Monaco, Paris, Zurich, New York, Hong Kong, Brussels and Moscow.
The multifaceted interests of John ‚JonOne‘ Perello led him to various collaborations with Hennessy, Guerlain, Air France and many more. 2015 turned out to be a culminating point of his career, when he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur from France. He was then commissioned to reinterpret Delacroix’s famous painting Liberty Leading the People, which was inaugurated at the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French National Assembly.