John Cardone was born the eighth of ten children and grew up surrounded by dogs and horses amidst the forests and streams of South Eastern Pennsylvania. He later attended Syracuse University to study Sculpture and Creative writing and became heavily involved in the creation of the 601 Tully Project. While in school, John facilitated two after-school tutoring programs at local public schools and worked for Say Yes to Education as a summer youth counselor. In 2011 he spent 5 months in Senegal studying traditional wood carving with Serigne Mor Gaye and public art practices with Sea Diallo. After receiving his BFA in 2012, John became an Imagining America Engagement Fellow and spent one year as the Art Coordinator for 601 Tully in Syracuse's Near West Side where he continued to provide arts programming to the neighborhood and public schools. John also spent one year as the public artist in residence at SaltQuarters. He now lives in Philadelphia.
Nothing exists that we cannot perceive, nothing is ours that we have not made, and nothing has meaning that we have not given.
In order to foster a more active participation in the collaborative act of creation in which mankind engages every day, we engage in an art practice that is completely dependent on interaction and investment. Value is not derived from any material origin but from the work that is put into that material and the significance it gathers from each hand through which it passes. No one exists in a vacuum and nothing we make stems entirely from ourselves. Instead, all work relies on collaboration. We do not wish to isolate ourselves but to embrace our dependency on our environment. We try not to make things that are new but to make anew that which already exists in our hands, our minds, and our hearts.