“Vibrations“, this is the title of the exhibition, offers a series of unpublished canvases that the artist has created to move the viewer from within and transport him into his world of colors and spray cans.
We at Colleter.al went to the opening and were fascinated by the works and above all by the exuberant personality of the artist, who was present at the event. We had the chance to ask JonOne a few questions and discover another little piece of his imagination and his world.
Read our interview below and if you haven’t been there yet, drop by the Wunderkammern in via Nerino 2. You have until 9 October!
One of your most important achievements was when you were awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French Republic and your work entitled “Liberté, Égalité, Fratenité” was displayed in the Assemblée Nationale. Do you remember what you felt that day?
You know, coming from Harlem, with Dominican ancestry and living in France, I think I represent a lot of different cultures, so I felt that day that the Légion d’honneur was not just for me. In the end, I owe my success to so many people who are part of my life, who support me and encourage me every day. That’s why the Légion d’honneur was not just for me, but for all these people as well.
What do you want to communicate through your artwork? What reactions do you hope to get from the public that looks at them?
I would like them to look at my work in an abstract way and understand its complexity and the world it comes from. Many times people ask me what I try to express with my art and the answer is that I try to express my feelings and communicate with others. I just hope that people can understand the evolution of my work and let themselves be transported to discover my world, because my art is a long journey and when people see a work they are really only looking at a small piece of my story.
And then, of course, I try to inspire people.
It’s been 40 years since you dedicated your life to art and in this time the world and also the art scene have changed a lot (just think about NFT and crypto art). How do you remain true to yourself and at the same time always be original in a world that changes so fast?
The world is definitely changing fast, especially now: twenty years ago who would have imagined that 2020 would be like this and would bring everything that has happened and would trigger changes that will continue to happen in the coming years. We will have more and more changes also because the younger generations are more aware, but also more creative and artistically active. I really believe that for young people this is the best time to live in.
Personally, I am so honored to still be able to paint, to be creative, and above all to have a voice.
The world is changing but I think this is an interesting time for humanity, a time when we stopped living in the past.