1960. Born in Phoenix to Pepe Johns and Birdie (Freeman) Yo.
1965. Visits the Phoenix Art Museum where he remembers seeing works by Diego Rivera and Carlos Orozco Romero.
1969. Hangs his ﬁrst solo exhibition, a collaboration with Sister Anne Lucy, at the Saint Francis Xavier Elementary School.
1970. Encouraged by his mother, Bobo experiments with gender queer performance art, for tips. Incorporates “Merce Cunningham” choreography.
1975. Forms the “Bobo Boys,” (a self named neighborhood street gang). Drinks Coors beer and rides a ‘63 Honda Bentley.
1977. Enrolls again in a painting class at Phoenix College but drops out to pick citrus for Sunkist Farms.
1978. Hops a train on the Southern Pacific from Phoenix to New Orleans. Bartends at the Maple Leaf Bar. Catches a late night/early morning impromptu guitar jam by Carlos Santa at the Maple Leaf. Moves in with Mickey Monet.
1980. Begins Transcendental Meditation (TM) becoming one of the first “Yogic Fliers” to levitate at the Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, IA.
1981. Meets Maharishi while working as a cook at the school cafeteria. Hops a train from Iowa to New York. Meets Jean Michel Basquiat while carving pumpkins at FUN Gallery. Enrolls in a class taught by Larry Poons at the Art Students League.
1985. Returns to Phoenix and works at Decorative Design Associates for Tom Delapp and Sandy Love. Meets and befriends Andrew Phillip Cunanan (the eventual murderer of Gianni Versace) at a pool party. The Bobo Boys is reformed as a crew of associated graffitists.
1989. Moves to Houston. Works at an Orange Julius juice stand off and on for six years. Moves in with Juanita Brown and then is told to leave in 1995. Nothing much interesting happens, excepting Juanita, in Houston. The Bobo Boys create blockbusters in Houston.
1995. Moves to the Madison Hotel in Phoenix. Tends bar at the Madison Bar and clerks at the Madison Minimart. Rents a studio at Faux Cafe Studios. Meets Kevin Johnson, Fritz Scholder and Stephane Janssen during Art Detour studio visits. Sells two paintings to Janssen.
2000. Moves to Reno. Lives and works at the Nugget Casino in Sparks, NV. Falls in love with Hannah Smith. Begins experimenting with animation, video art and photography.
2008. Renews painting. Enrolls in a class taught by artist Michael Sarich at UNV Reno. Appropriates Sarich’s Mickey Mouse subject matter. The Bobo Boys crew bomb Reno.
2009. Leaves Reno, “The Biggest Little City in the World,” living on and off in Culver City, San Francisco and Seattle. Continues Bobo graffiti art.
2013. Begins anew at art-making with a series of “street paintings” painted on the pages of newspapers and city walls. Incorporates cartoon images from his childhood with hentai, cos-play, and selfie images gathered from the internet. Joins Paint Co-lab, a painting group loosely affiliated with Tunisian Collaborative Painting. Joins Eye Lounge Artist Collective in Phoenix, AZ. As a member of Paint Co-lab, exhibits WATER STUDIES at the Phoenix Art Museum.
2014. Begins photo-collage project “Bobo Journal” recollecting many years of transient art and travel. Produces Bobo Yo throw pillows as a failed get rich quick scheme. Exhibits in ArtFarm Collective’s NURTURING THE LANDSCAPE@ Oasis on Grand in Phoenix and SELF-MADE: 15 Years of Eye Lounge @ Vision Gallery in Chandler AZ. Exhibits in the VANGUARD SHOW at Eric Fischl Gallery, in Phpenix, AZ.
2015. Meets Mark Bradford and Eric Fischl at Phoenix College. Exhibits second Solo Show BOBO & FRIENDS at Eye Lounge in Phoenix. As a member of Paint Co-lab, exhibits BE OKAY at the Phoenix Art Museum.
2016. Solo exhibitions at Fair Trade Cafe and Side Bar Lounge in Phoenix, AZ. Group show at FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix.
2017. Solo exhibitions at Fair Trade Cafe and Side Bar Lounge in Phoenix, AZ. Group show at FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix. Exhibits DARK PORTRAITS in the VANGUARD SHOW at Eric Fischl Gallery, in Phpenix, AZ.
2019. Solo show RE:APPROPRIATION opens at Found:RE Gallery in Phoenix, AZ.