She studied at Sarah Lawrence College, but left to elope with her first husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi.
Settling in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, Ono developed an interest in art and began writing poetry.
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Ono has also enjoyed renewed interest in her artwork with a special exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 2015.
This show featured more than 100 works by Ono from 1960 to 1971.
He specifically cited a ladder leading up to a black canvas with a spyglass on a chain, which revealed the word "yes" written on the ceiling.
The two began an affair approximately 18 months later.
In February 2016, Ono made headlines after she was admitted to a New York hospital.