Yona Verwer Paintings, Murals & Prints 

 
 


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.


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.



She completed residencies at the PS 122 Studio Program, the Makor Center and the Skirball Center in NYC.


Her protest art “Tightrope” 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.


Her mural work includes a large-scale installation at the S.A.R. High School, Riverdale, NY, and at the Center for Jewish Discovery in NYC.


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 Educational Alliance, and the Makor / Steinhardt Center, amongst others.