Artist: Sophia Vari
Sophia Vari is a world-renowned Greek visual artist who’s work investigates matters of form and balance. Specializing in bronze sculpture, Vari is also known for her collages, oils, and watercolors. Similarly to the sculptures, her collages, watercolors, and oil paintings display a marked playfulness and liveliness, with compositions that play with the sense of space and depth.
Vari’s sculptural practice evolved through several stages in the last few decades. When she began sculpting in the 60s, her work was figurative while later in the 80s, the artist worked in more rounded abstract forms suggestive of the human body. Eventually, Vari began incorporating more geometric and constructed forms into her work, and by the mid-90s she incorporated more color.
Born in Athens in 1940, Sophi Vari attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1958. She has exhibited widely throughout the world and has had nearly 100 solo exhibitions. Museum exhibitions include the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, the Palazzo Bricherassio, Turin, The Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, and the Pera Museum, Istanbul. Vari’s monumental sculptures have been included in outdoor solo exhibitions in numerous cities including Paris, Rome, Montecarlo, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Pietrasanta, Athens, Madrid, and Cartagena de Indias. Sophia Vari currently lives and works in Pietrasanta, Italy.