Domina 1
Mixed Medium, 18" x 24"
Domina 2
Mixed Medium, 11" x 14"
Primitive Memories
Large Flower
Jumping Into Fall

About the Artist

A white canvass is where I confess. It’s where my fear, indignation, fantasy, grief, and despair 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 lies the joy. When I’m painting I am valiant, auspicious… victorious. I paint to balance my feelings. The figures, textures, colors and effects in my work 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. My finished works are often strange to myself since they are nothing of what I felt or wished to express when I began. However, the core of my original impulse is imbedded in the work to be discovered through endless exploration by the observer’s eye.



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.



October 2015 – Fall/Winter Artist, Studio 17 Art Gallery, Fort Pierce, FL

October and November 2015 – Solo Exhibit, Port Saint Lucie Gallery, Port St. Lucie, FL

July 2015 – Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Miami, FL

June 2015 – Brevard Art Festival 2015, Cocoa, FL

April 2015 – Paint to Benefit Homeless Pets at Studio 17 Art Gallery, Fort Pierce, FL

October 2014 – Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival, Coral Gables, FL


Altos de Chavón: School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Hunter College, New York, NY 

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