Antoinette Johnson was born in 1981 in Tampa, Florida. She began painting and drawing at the age of 4 and was highly influenced by Edward Gorey as a child. Her work was sold as commissioned work until her mid-teens. At this time she began focusing on photography and performance art.
She studied black and white photography and darkroom techniques at the Ringling School of Art and Design. She spent time in Greece photographing architecture and various protests by day and developing the photos by night. It was during this project that she developed and studied two major influences on her later work. Namely, design and the figure.
Her performance work in the mid-2000’s began with Vaude Villains Burlesque Company where she danced and styled other dancers’ wardrobe, hair and makeup. Later she joined the Ultra Party Crew and danced for Shiny Toy Guns and the Cure in front of over 70,000 people.
This performance work led her to develop a unique hairstyling technique since dubbed “Hair Sculpture.” Her hair sculpture work has been featured in art shows in Brooklyn, New York. It was also featured in Sandee Pawan’s show “Fashionista” in Paris, France at the Institut Franqais d‘Alger; and in the music video for “Creature in Me” by international pop singer Aleksander of Splendid Sounds.
Her return to painting in 2010 has been inspired by these explorations in other mediums and by co-founding 950 Hart Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. At the beginning of 950 Hart Gallery’s run, Antoinette began working in her new style characterized by fluorescent colors, hardedge and figurative work. She has shown new work in 18 of her gallery’s 27 art openings, Open Spaces in Long Island City, Queens, and on the screens of Times Square during Art Takes Times Square. Her work can be found in various private collections around the world and several establishments in Washington DC.
She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with a one eyed cat.