Yona Verwer


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Dutch-born Yona Verwer is a New York based artist. She creates works that explore identity, terrorism, tikkun olam, and kabbala.

In addition she does interactive, collaborative works with artist Cynthia Beth Rubin, incorporating Augmented Reality. Their series History, Heritage and the Lower East Side weaves together the stories of the past and the present in layers of paint, photographs, video, recordings, and music. Working with Jewish architecture from throughout the world, their work evokes the traces of melded histories. See these works here.

Verwer holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and has exhibited and curated in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Verwer has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, the Huffington Post, the Forward, the Jewish Week, Sh’ma Journal, Zeek and the Jewish Press.

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

She is the executive director & co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon, a global art group based in NYC.

Selected solo exhibits

2016    ARt, ARchitecture & ARArt Kibbutz, Governors Island, NY. 2-Person exhibit with Cynthia Beth Rubin.

2016    Meditations on PlaceKoslowe Gallery, Mamaroneck, NY, curated by Amy Levine-Kennedy. 2-Person exhibit with Cynthia Beth Rubin.

2015    Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish IdentityThe Temple, Denver, CO, curated by the Mizel Museum, Denver.

2015    Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, The Work of Yona Verwer and Cynthia Beth RubinEvergreen Arts Center, Evergreen CO, in conjunction with the Mizel Museum, Denver, CO.

City Charms, 2013, Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts, New York, NY;

Urim & Tumim, 2012 Center for Jewish Arts & Literacy, New York, NY.

Selected group exhibitions

New York / New Work: Contemporary Art From NYC at the Jerusalem Biennale 2015, and at the Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod; All Together Different at the Educational Alliance, NYC; It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond at the Yeshiva University Museum, NYC, 2012-13; The Dura Europos Project, 2011, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art; 4000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, 2012-16, Mizel Museum, Denver, CO;  Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and Holocaust, 2010, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art,  Sacred Voices, 2014, Canton Museum of Art; and Silent Witnesses: Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt or Abandoned, 2012, the Holocaust Memorial Center, Metro Detroit.


View artist’s posts here.


Yverwer (at)gmail (dot) com

Follow her on Instagram @yona_verwer  Twitter @YVerwer or Facebook

One comment

  1. Looks really beautiful, Yona!!!


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