SOPHIA VARI

 

Born in Athens, Greece, 1940

 

Sophia Vari is a world-renowned Greek visual artist. Specializing in bronze sculpture, she is also known for collages, oils and watercolors. Her work is an investigation of form and balance. 

Born in Athens in 1940, Sophia Vari attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1958. Like the sculptures, her collages, or papers on canvas, as well as her watercolors and oil paintings have a certain playfulness and liveliness, with compositions that are pushed into the realm of dimensional space.

Vari’s sculptures have evolved through several stages in the last few decades. When she began sculpting in the 60s, her work was figurative. Later in the 80s, she worked in rounded abstract forms that suggested the human body. Eventually she began incorporating more planar and constructed forms into her work, and by the mid 90s she was applying color to the surfaces.

From her early representational phase to her most recent abstractions, Vari’s work has been consistently characterized by its extraordinary sensuality and expressive quality. In her use of patina along with contrasting colors such as black with white, red, blue or yellow, she creates an immediate visual effect that gives her sculptures a certain presence.

 

She has exhibited widely 

throughout the world and has had nearly 100 solo exhibitions. Museum exhibitions include the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; the Palazzo Bricherassio, Torino; The Ludwig Museum, Kombletz; and more recently, the Pera Museum, Istanbul. Outdoor solo exhibitions of Vari’s monumental sculptures have taken place in cities such as Paris, Rome, Montecarlo, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Pietrasanta, Athens, Madrid and Cartagena de Indias, among others.