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 kabbalah.

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.

Her work has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Factory, Jerusalem Biennale, the Bronx Museum, Yeshiva University Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Center for Jewish History, Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Canton Museum of Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.

Current and upcoming events here.

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.

In a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera, and composers Dan Schwartz and Alon Nechushtan, she is currently working on Sin City, a series addressing slavery: sex trafficking, and the Holocaust. These installations feature embedded augmented reality videos.

Visitors viewing augmented reality videos at “Troubled Waters”,

exhibition installation in Amsterdam, 2019, part of Art Stations of the Cross.

Her series The Book of Yona, a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera, weaves together their immigration stories with the biblical story of Yona’s namesake, the prophet Jonah (Yona), who, as the story goes, fled his homeland, and in a bad storm was tossed into the sea and swallowed by a whale. This series echoes the artists’ own journeys from Europe to New York.

Some of these artworks are enhanced by “augmented reality”. Viewers use a smartphone or tablet to hone in on a spot in the painting, which triggers a video embedded in the artwork, leading the viewer closer to the layered narrative. These images and slide shows created by the artists incorporate sounds, photographs, and texts.


Moving a smart phone over the painting to reveal the augmented reality / hidden videos.


Her series Urim & Tumim, partially also with Katarzyna Kozera, explores the current crisis in the Middle East. “Urim and Tumim”, which translates to "Light and Truth", refers to an ancient biblical tool of prophecy known as “The Breastplate of Judgment.” During times of war, this item was worn and consulted for determining territorial boundaries, an issue still very alive today.

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. She is a cultural producer, curator and educator.

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.


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