Dutch-born Yona Verwer’s recent paintings and prints are inspired by Kabbalah and Tikkun Olam. 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 Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, the 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 "Silent Witnesses: Migration stories through Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind", Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit, MI. "Pop-up Drink “N Draw" Exhibit, Limmud NY. 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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