Dutch-born Yona Verwer’s recent paintings and prints are inspired by kabbalah, heritage, and tikkun olam.
Her series History, Heritage, and the Lower East Side, a collaboration with Cynthia Beth Rubin, features Lower East Side imagery mixed with traditional Jewish zodiac signs and related motifs from of LES synagogues. Using an iPad or smartphone, once you download the app you can trigger videos or photos of the source material embedded in the artwork.
Her "Kabbala of Bling" series commented on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons. Her "Temple Talismans" series feature “protection amulets” for synagogues. “City Charms” feature amulet prints for NYC buildings on the terror watch list. Her “Urim & Tumim” paintings are a contemporary search for a direct connection with an ancient source of guidance.
Besides solo shows in the Netherlands and New York, her work has been exhibited in the Y.U. Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, the Maryland Museum of African-American History, the Andy Warhol Factory, and the Bronx Museum, NY.
Her work has been featured in the NY Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, Zeek, the Jewish Press, and the NY Jewish Week.
Her mural work includes a large-scale installation at the S.A.R. High School in Riverdale, NY and at the Center for Jewish Discovery in NYC.
Curatorial endeavors include All Together Different, Manny Cantor Center, NYC, JOMIX - Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation, UJA Federation of NY, Lashon Hara: On The Consequences of Hate Speech, Anne Frank Center USA, The Jewish Waltz with Planet Earth, at Governor's Island, "Silent Witnesses: Migration stories through Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind", Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit, MI. Terror: American & Israeli Artists Respond, Industry City Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Jewish Art Salon’s "9-11", Educational Alliance, New York, NY. "Shma!," Online art exhibit by Jewish high school student. "Generation D: Identity", Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY. "Dura Europos Project", Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA. "Seduced by the Sacred", Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague is where she received a Masters in Fine Arts.
She is the co-founder and president of the Jewish Art Salon in NYC. Her website is yonaverwer.com
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