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 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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A white canvass is where I confess. It’s where my fears, indignations, fantasies, grieve, and despairs tumble to be voiced and reconciled. What emerges on the canvass is the conquest, the true essence of my “self” and its complexity. Though the inspiration to paint comes from a place of darkness, in the process lays the joy. When I’m painting I am valiant, auspicious… victorious. I paint to balance my feelings. I consider myself an eclectic artist as I’m not married to any subject, theme or style. The figures, textures, colors and effects in my works are intended to strike an emotional involvement with the piece from the observer, one that will compel you to journey with my state during its creation. I choose to work with acrylic as it is conducive to the level of convention or experimentation I am seeking, and I often add water, wax, vinegar and other elements until the voice of the piece emerges. In its final form, the painting should foster an endless dialogue with the viewer’s eye.
Yorka Ralwins (B. 1965, La Romana, Dominican Republic) began her painting life in 1983 when she initiated her art studies with private lessons by the eminent Dominican artist, Candido Bido. On 1999 she opened a gift shop of artistically hand-painted items in South Plainfield, New Jersey and set up her first studio next door where she taught painting to children, adults, and people with limited mental capacity. Decorative painting was her love during that period of her life. She was also fascinated with the faux painting techniques, which she incorporated into her business as a working artist. 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. First she produced and international art fair in Miami, 2014 which was not a great success but nevertheless, an accomplished project and then she launched herself fearless as the artist only she knew.
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 is a fast growing artist determine to stand out and spread her wings. One we need to follow closely.
She emigrated from the east coast of Dominican Republic to the United States in 1974. She lived in New York, New Jersey, Florida and now is currently living in Georgia. At the present she is an in-house artist at Studio 17 Highwaymen & Florida Art Gallery in Fort Pierce, FL and in Ralwins Art Gallery, GA where she is the Art Director. Yorka is represented by DH Gallery of International Artists in Newnan, GA. Also winner of back cover of “Art & Beyond Magazine” vol.8, summer edition, 2016, Honoree of the Dominican Day Parade of NYC as Ambassador of the Arts 2016 and awarded “Best of Show” at DHGIA-Spectrum Miami Exhibit 2016.