About John Boone
John's Great, Grandfather John Baptista Tripoli, whom John is named after, migrated to the United States in the early 1900s; He followed in the family business as a sculptor and stonemason. Many of the projects he worked on survive today in stone works on display in the marble floors and architecture in Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, and the New York Public Library in NYC. John's Grandfather, Francisco Tripoli, was a tenor on the opera circuit in Italy and later in the United States. Francisco, wanting to expand his audience, migrated to America with his parents in 1910 and started a small opera company in Detroit, Michigan, and eventually found his way to Corona, Queens; where John grew up.
John was born in 1960, in Queens, New York. Queen's is a large busy ethnically diverse working-class inner-city neighborhood, overlooking the Manhattan skyline a few miles to the west, and Flushing Meadows Park, the site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair, just two blocks east. John believes his creative mind was birth while visiting the 64' World Fair with his mother and brothers at the impressionable age of 5. His eyes captured the wondrous sites and sounds displayed in living colors from all over the world; programming his mind to reach far beyond his age and the mundane of his normal surroundings. Later after the Worlds Fair had ended, and became a ghost town of sorts, he would visit the remnants of the buildings, rides, statues, fountains, flag poles, and architecture. Some of these places, and things, are still on display today and can be found blended into John's art style found in various pieces he's created.
John's eyes were wide open and his youth knew no boundaries as his interests to develop as a singer, performer, and artist became apparent as a young child and throughout grade school. In school, John could usually be found practicing for the school play, a musical presentation, and I often designing school posters, and multimedia presentations as early as the 4th grade. Between classes, he often took requests from schoolmates to draw designs on their notebooks, jean jackets, Converse All-Stars sneakers, and the like. John was accepted by the New York City High School of Music and Art, in Manhattan as a dual major in music and art in 1976; he would take voice lessons and music classes in the morning, art classes in the afternoon, and rehearsals in the evenings.
In the summer of 1976, John apprenticed as a graphic sign artist, specializing in corporate and architectural signage and displays. He installed displays and signage in many office buildings throughout Manhattan and the five boroughs. Sadly, many of John's installations, and fond memories, were lost on 911 in the destruction of the Twin Towers in NYC.
John now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina where he continues to create with the same passion he had while working with classmates on designs in the halls in grade school. He currently aspires to have his work shown in Downtown Raleigh, and at The North Carolina Museum Of Art in Raleigh NC. Wish him luck!