You are invited to get inside my paintings and try to discover the message. The works are all about my experiences, feelings, views, strengths, weakness, moments, and of course my heart. I want them to inspire a dialogue. I imagine, or hope, the observer experiences an emotional involvement with the painting, one that entwines with the emotions I felt during its birth. However, if the you enjoy just a moment of beauty and inspiration, even unrelated to my intent in the piece, I am happy and feel my job as an artist was delivered.
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Yorka Ralwins (B. 1965, La Romana, Dominican Republic) began her painting life in 1999 when she opened a gift shop of hand-painted art in South Plainfield, New Jersey and set up her first studio next door where she taught painting to children, adults, and mentally challenged persons. Murals were her love during that period. She was also attracted by decorative and faux painting, which she incorporated into her business as a working painter. Exhibiting her personal artworks was never a consideration as she felt them too intimate to unveil to critics and the public. Moving to Florida changed that. South Florida awoke the artist with a purpose in her, and she was ready to step out of her cocoon.
The figures, strokes, colors, and effects in her paintings are intended to strike an emotional involvement with the piece. Yorka intends to arouse memories and feelings, perhaps spiritual, which compel you to pause and wonder what her story is about. She calls it figurative expressionist work which gives her the freedom to set up a contradiction in the viewer’s mind that asks them to reconcile a familiar image with the sometimes unreal surroundings she places it in.
She emigrated from the east coast of Dominican Republic to the United States in 1974 where she lived a number of years in New York City before marrying and moving to nearby New Jersey. She has three charming children and a golden grandson and currently lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL. At the present she is an in-house artist at Studio 17 Highwaymen & Florida Art Gallery in Fort Pierce, FL.