Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College who majored in Political Science. He is a multi-disciplinary artist working in various mediums, highlighting issues related to environmental, social and political justice.
Johnson's poetry was first published in 1975 by Inner City Cultural Center's Neworld Magazine and has since been published in literary journals and books, both domestically and abroad.
In 2006, in order to expand his artistic vocabulary, Johnson began to paint. In 2009, Johnson's artwork evolved to include assemblages of re-purposed materials, found objects, environmental waste and the literary word.
Johnson states, "I use materials and methods that best lend themselves to telling the story I feel needs to be told, in the most efficient and direct manner, while attempting not to be didactic. I try to allow the viewer to bring their history and interpretation to the work.”
In 2012 Johnson was "Expulsed From Art Basel Miami Beach for..." what was termed “...Peaceful Anti-Homelessness Demonstration" by ARTBLOUIN. Management said his signs constituted art and were not allowed to be displayed without permission. This event led to being published in the book, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, by Ben Davis and the subject of a Umass Contemporary Art Museum panel discussion, "Panel 03 • Umass Contemporary Art Museum Dubois in Our Time Symposium" (found on youtube).
In 2018, Johnson was selected to participate in Otis College of Art and Design's L. A. Summer Residency. In 2009 Johnson was the poet selected by Fulton County, Georgia for their Caversham residency program in Balgowan, South Africa.
Johnson's artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. His work has been awarded in various group shows and art exhibitions.