John Andrew Perello was born in 1963, in Harlem, a large neighborhood of New York City.

Juggling between failing at school and family troubles at home meant that this young man could not avoid the everyday life of endangered teenagers and could only embrace the education the streets themselves offered.

At 17, he started graffiti. Thanks to the recognition he gained from his work on the New York metro line A, John created, with the support of several committed graffiti artists, the renowned international community 156 All Starz, in 1984, and became Jonone.

During his early years, he met his French counterpart, Bando, who invited him instantly to Paris. John browsed the Parisian sidewalk, accompanied by the pioneers of French Hip-Hop, and started to produce paintings in the heart of an open-aired workshop at the Éphémère hospital.

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