I am an artist in New York. My art explores identity, terrorism, tikkun olam, kabbala, and the notion of God.
My current art installation at the Y.U. Museum in NY explores the impact that the lack of an eruv on the Lower East Side has on families with young children and the infirm. It draws attention to the fact that, for many, not having an eruv significantly detracts from the attractiveness of living in the neighborhood.
Having spent many a Shabbat on the Lower East Side, I am aware that the physical boundary of the eruv has become a spiritual boundary, as well. It excludes women from fully participating in Jewish life and creates a male-dominated synagogue community.
This installation shows details of Lower East Side synagogue interiors, which cannot regularly be seen by many in the community, because there is no eruv.
The images are a metaphor for waht the women miss out on: a connection to community and spirituality.
My other recent paintings and photographs feature amulet shaped objects. My "Kabbala of Bling" series commented on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons.
The “City Charms” amulet images invoke protection from acts of destruction on buildings, particularly terror-watch-list targets.
I continue this theme in "Temple Talismans"; these apotropaic images aim to protect synagogues against attacks and to bring good luck.
Featured in solo shows in the Netherlands and New York, my work has also appeared in venues such as the Andy Warhol Factory, the Bronx Museum, NY, the Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American History, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art and the Mizel Museum in Denver.
My work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, the Forward, the Jewish Week and the Jewish Press.
My mural work includes a large-scale installation at the SAR High School, Riverdale, NY, and at the Center for Jewish Discovery in NYC.
I am the president & co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon in NYC.
Dutch-born, I received my Masters in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands. …Read More
2002 Russian American Cultural Center, New York
1999 De Drye Swaentjes, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
1990 Galerie De Wiemelink, Doetinchem, The Netherlands
* MIZEL MUSEUM, Denver, CO - "Gathering Sparks", Feb 2, 2011 -2014
* "It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond", at the Y.U. Museum, NYC - October 28 - June 30.
Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI, Silent Witnesses: Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt or Abandoned.
UJA, New York, NY, The Dura Europos Project II. Curators Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee, Laura Kruger, Anna Rachmansky.
Temple University’s Hillel, Philadelphia, PA, Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and Holocaust.
Ramath Orah, New York, NY, Kadosh. Curated by Tobi Kahn.
Ernest Rubinstein Gallery, New York, NY, Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011, Collaboration with Tobi Kahn.
UJA Federation, New York, NY, Dura Europos Project II, Curators Laura Kruger, Richard McBee and Joel Silverstein.
Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, 4000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, Curator Georgina Kolber.
Industry City Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Terror: Artists Respond
JCC of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT, M’Dor L’Dor.
City Winery, NYC, Israfest
2010 Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, Generation D: Identity
Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA, Dura Europos Project
Palm Beach Center for Jewish Art, Lantana, FL, Hebrew Zodiac.
Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, Seduced by the Sacred.
Stanback Museum, Orangeburg, SC, Slavery & the Holocaust
Vivant Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA, Slavery & the Holocaust
Educational Alliance, New York, Faculty Exhibition.
2009 John Slade Ely House – Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, Orchard St Project
cWOW Gallery, Newark, NJ, Wall to Wall
Bronfman Center Gallery, New York, Arts on the Move
Stanton Street Shul, New York, Tzelem, Curators Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee.
2008 HUC- Museum, New York, Professional Leaders Project.
2007 Educational Alliance, New York, Made in the USA, Curator David Gibson.
Makor Gallery, New York, 10 x 10, Curators Ofri Cnaani & Ayelet Aldouby.
Kraft Center, Columbia University, New York, words within, Curator Laura Kruger.
Rubin Gallery, Boston University, Boston MA, words within
2006 Makor Gallery, New York, Amendicons, Curator Anat Litwin
Haven Arts, The Bronx, NY, Amendicons
Redhead (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), New York, Speed Limit
Skirball Center, New York, The Universal and the Particular, Curator Tobi Kahn
CUE Art Foundation, New York, Nurturing the Edge
2005 Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica,CA, Incognito
Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art, Williamsburg, Bklyn, Artists Aid Orleans Spike Gallery, New York, Nurturing the New ‘05
Makor Gallery, New York, Wandering, Curator Anat Ltiwin
2004 Andy Warhol Factory Building, New York, The After Light, Curator Ayelet Aldouby
Streit’s Matzo Factory, New York, Shared, Curator Mark Power
2003 Galerie Lelong, New York, Postcards from the edge
2002 Center for Jewish History, New York, American Sephardi Federation
2001 Russian American Cultural Center, D.U.M.B.O./Bklyn, NY, Dumbo Double Deuce
Consulate General of the Russian Federation, New York, Détente
Bodi Modern Art, Newport, R.I. Spring
2000 The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC, Good Business is the Best Art
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Center for Jewish History, NYC, Celebrating the Sephardic Woman
Monster Meubel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Dyke Synagogue
Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies, Editors Natalie Davidson & Camelia Serghie, Spring 2011: Orchard Hamsa Amulets and Urim & Tumim: Divine Text Messages..
Zeek, Ori Z. Soltes, February 2010: Slavery and the Holocaust.
Art Criticism, Matthew Baigell, Volume 24, Number 2, ’09: Contemporary Jewish Art: A Short Review.
Zeek, December 2009: Yona Verwer - Temple Talismans.
Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, November 2009: Kabbalah of Bling.
The Jewish Week, June 5, 2009, Text / Context: Stanton St Shul Photo.
Jewish Press, Menachem Wecker, May 30, 2009, The Amulet, the Temple, the Disfigured Book, and the Butterflies.
Jewess, Rebecca Honig Friedman, April 24, 2009, Jewish Art Salon Exhibition.
Zeek, November 2007: Photos
Iconia, Menachem Wecker, May 10, 2007, Yona Verwer.
NY Daily News, Clem Richardson, April 16, 2007, Charms of New York in her Art.
Jewish Press, Menachem Wecker, March 23, 2007, Jewish Women Talk about their Work.
The Jewish Week, Carolyn Slutsky, January 12, 2007, Art on the Rise.
The Forward, Sarah Kricheff, July 15, 2005, Modern Amulets
The New Yorker, Boris Fishman, July 29, 2002, Goings on about Town – Yona Verwer.
The NY Times, William Zimmer, May ’90, Sculpture Dominates in Annual Show of Emerging Artists.
Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee, Curators, Dura Europos Project, Catalogue, 2010, New York
Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee, Curators, Seduced by the Sacred, Catalogue, 2010, New York.
Hasia Diner, Walter Cahn, Hana Iverson, Karen Shiff, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Cultural Heritage Artists Project I, December 2009
Joel Silverstein, Curator, Tzelem, Exhibition Catalog, November 2009, New York
Laura Kruger, Curator, Words Within, Exhibition Catalog, February 2007, New York
Karen Harris, Director of Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, course entitled "An Issue of Identity: Reconstructing the Self, Images by Women Artists, 1970-the Present," 1994.
Fred Adelson, Con-struc-tures, Catalog, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, 1993
Gail Levin, Curator, Imagination, Catalog, Peconic Gallery, Riverhead NY, 1993
Laura Hoptman, Curator, The Artist in the Marketplace X, Catalogue, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1990, New York.