Yona Verwer Paintings, Murals & Prints 


She is the executive director & co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon in NYC, and serves on the advisory boards of Art Kibbutz: the International Jewish Artist Residency, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Jewish Art Now, and the Jewish Design Collective.

Past speaking engagements in NYC were at The Jewish Museum, the JCC Manhattan, the Y.U. Museum, the 14 Street Y, the American Sephardi Federation NY, the Educational Alliance, and the Makor / Steinhardt Center, amongst others.

Lower East Side   Installation Art   Urim & Tumim   Temple Talismans

The Kabbala of Bling    City Charms  

Murals    Curation    Contact    Press   Resume   

Dutch-born Yona Verwer is an artist in New York. She creates works that explore identity, terrorism, tikkun olam, and kabbala.

Verwer holds a master’s degree in fine art from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and has shown and curated in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Current exhibits:

New York, New Work, The Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel.

Curated by Dvora Liss and David Sperber. Nov. 13 - Jan. 31, 2016.

Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, The Temple, Denver, Colorado.

Curated by Georgina Kolber in conjunction with the Mizel Museum.

Sept. 21 - Nov 15, 2015

Both exhibits are collaborations with artist Cynthia Beth Rubin; the full series can be seen here.

Exhibit venues (in part):

Yeshiva University Museum, Andy Warhol Factory, the Bronx Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Center for Jewish History, Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Stanback Museum, Canton Museum of Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.

She has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, the Forward, the Jewish Week, Sh’ma Journal, Zeek and the Jewish Press.

About her art:

In her series History, Heritage and the Lower East Side, a collaboration with Cynthia Beth Rubin, the interactive art work allows you to explore hidden videos

Her protest art “Tightrope” , an installation previously at the Y.U. Museum, explores the impact that the lack of an eruv on the Lower East Side has on families with young children and the infirm. Her "Kabbala of Bling" series commented on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons. Her “City Charms” amulet photographs invoke protection from acts of destruction on buildings, particularly terror-watch-list targets.

Verwer continues this theme in Temple Talismans; these apotropaic images aim to protect synagogues against attacks.