JonOne began graffiti at the end of the 1970s by writing his name in the city and on subway trains. “What really brought me to the tag was seeing others painting graffiti throughout the city.” It was at this time that he met A-One, who used to hang out with Jean-Michel Basquiat. “A-One was the link between the street and the art world, traveling in Europe and coming back with a lot of money, simply thanks to his art. I listened to his traveler’s tales and my eyes shone with envy,” he continues. In 1984 Jon founded the group 156 All Starz, named after the number of his street. He then became Jon156 and then JonOne. In 1985 JonOne began to paint on canvas by persisting in reproducing the founding element of his style: the vision of a tagged metro train generating trails of color with its speed. What distinguishes JonOne from other graffiti artists is precisely his attention to the agitation and movement of color, rather than figuration. The same year gallery owner Rick Librizzi exhibited his work in New York.
Since its creation in Paris in 1988, the Rabouan Moussion Gallery favors an exploratory approach in the direction of the emergent scenes. The artworks carry a questioning of the values which constitute our societies. Artists today confirmed and represented since their beginning by the gallery are exhibited alongside young talents and international artists, with an emphasis on artists from Russia, the Netherlands and North Africa.
Florence Cantié-Kramer / Kirill Chelushkin / Guillaume Durrieu / Stelios Faitakis / Christian Gonzenbach / Louis Jammes / JonOne / Oleg Kulik / Mehdi-Georges Lahlou / Tania Mouraud / Luke Newton / Erwin Olaf / Sebastiaan Straatsma / Hervé Télémaque / Dimitri Tsykalov / Fabrice Yencko