Yona Verwer 

Paintings, Interactive Mixed Media,

& Murals  

Dutch-born Yona Verwer is an artist in New York. She creates works that explore identity, immigration, heritage, 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.













At the latest exhibition, a collaboration between artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer: moving an ipad over the paintings to reveal the augmented reality / hidden videos.


Her work has been exhibited at the Yeshiva University Museum, Andy Warhol Factory, Jerusalem Biennale, 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, Ars Judaica, the Huffington Post, the Daily News, the Forward, the Jewish Week, Sh’ma Journal, Zeek and the Jewish Press.


Her current series The Book of Yona, a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera, blends the stories of Verwer’s and Kozera’s immigrant lives with the biblical tale of the prophet Jonah / Yona. Embedded videos in the artwork provide additional context.


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 had on families with young children.


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.



She is the director & co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon, the world’s largest Jewish visual arts organization.


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, amongst others.


News:

Her “Kabbalah of Bling” painting is featured in a new book Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture, by Ori Z. Soltes.

Commentators:

          -  “Mr. Soltes has done a staggering job in charting the 3000-year trajectory of Jewish Art and successfully articulated the historical, religious and cultural currents whereby a new Jewish Art has forthrightly emerged.”

          -  “Magisterial, contentious and insightful, Soltes has produced a significant reexamination of 3000 years of Jewish Visual creativity”.

The black & white version is available here. The full color, 2 volume edition comes out late 2017.




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