Yohana Junker

On Art, Religion, and the Poetics of Resistance

My artwork is a continuous attempt to interpret and give meaning to life individually and collectively. In these series I envision the paintings, drawings, collages, and collaborations as thresholds that invite viewers to visit intimate but forgotten recesses, vital but unanticipated pathways of their journeys. Here, I explore some of the polarities I see present in the creative-destructive-transformative dynamics of life:

the reaction to suffering

the certainty and resistance to death

the yearning for hope, refuge, reconciliation

My hope as an artist is to provide a transitional space in which viewers can populate the canvases with their own reflections in pursuit of multi-layered awareness. In some ways, it is also my hope that these paintings help create a space in which we can come together as humans to share, dialogue, and confront our own narratives.

 Pulso de Claridade I, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

Pulso de Claridade I, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

 Pulso de Claridade II, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

Pulso de Claridade II, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in


 Angst/Lamentações, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20X15in

Angst/Lamentações, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20X15in


 Ascenção, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30x36in

Ascenção, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30x36in


 Bathsheba, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 25x48in

Bathsheba, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 25x48in


 Centrum Petere, 2o13, acrylic on canvas, 36inx48in

Centrum Petere, 2o13, acrylic on canvas, 36inx48in

 Esperante, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

Esperante, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in


 Sacred Waters, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

Sacred Waters, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36x48in

 Sacred Cities, 2016, mixed media, 8.5x13in

Sacred Cities, 2016, mixed media, 8.5x13in


 Sacred Cradle, 2001, acrylic on paper, 25x36in

Sacred Cradle, 2001, acrylic on paper, 25x36in


 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

 “Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in

“Graced in Sacred Ground: The Hour of Forgiveness,” 2015, poems by Nicole De Leon, paintings by Yohana Junker, ink on paper, 15x10in



 Mulher Encurvada, 2014, ink on paper, 12x15in

Mulher Encurvada, 2014, ink on paper, 12x15in

 Menina Encurvada, 2014, ink on paper, 12x15in

Menina Encurvada, 2014, ink on paper, 12x15in