Sophia Vari

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    Sophia Vari (B. 1940)

    “At Terre Pleine Et Solitaire”

    2015
    Watercolor on canvas
    57 x 44 inches 
    145 x 112 cm

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    Sophia Vari (B. 1940)

    “Mademoiselle”

    2000
    Bronze white and black polychrome. Edition 1/3
    31.5  (H) x 18.5 (L) x 12.2 (W) inches
    80 (H) x 47 (L) x 31 (W) cm

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    Sophia Vari (B. 1940)

    “Ordre Secret”

    2013
    Marble. Unique
    12 (H) x 15 (L) x 8 (W) inches
    30 (H) x 38 (L) x 20 (W) cm

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    Sophia Vari (B. 1940)

    “L’oiseau de Paradis”

    2008
    Polished bronze. Edition 1/3
    21 (H) x 6 (L) x 5.5 (W) inches
    54 (H) x 15.5 (L) x 14 (W) cm

Sophia Vari

Sophia Vari Gallery Houston1940
Born in Vari, near Athens, Greece.
From a Greek father and a Hungarian mother.
Lives in Greece.
 
1942-1950
Lives in Switzerland.
Goes back to Greece and follows her studies. 
 
1956             
Completes her studies in London.
Starts painting.
 
1957
Sophia Vari meets Maria Callas.
Studies painting at the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris.
Goes back to Greece.
She gets married.
Discovers Egypt.
Lives in Paris and in Greece.
 
1962             
Birth of her daughter Ileana.
Attends the studio of Jean Souverbie in Paris.
 
1968
First solo show at Woodstock Gallery, London.
 
1969
Meets Henry Moore.
First shows in UK, Germany and France. 
 
1970        
Moves in her first studio, rue de Monceau in Paris.
 
1974-1975
Solo shows in Paris, Houston, New Orleans and at the Modern Art Museum of Sao Paolo.
 
1976
Solo show at Coe Kerr Gallery, New York City.
 
1977 
Paints a series of paintings inspired by the  “Divine Comedy” of Dante. 
 
1978-1979
Moves in her new studio, rue de l’Arrivée (Montparnasse) in Paris.
Starts sculpting.
Exhibition of the “Divine Comedy” series, organised by her art dealer Alexandre Iolas at Galerie Desmos, Athens.
The National Pinacoteca of Athens buys her triptyche  “Adam et Eve Chassés du Paradis par l’Ange Gardien”.
Solo show at the Fondaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
Divorces from her husband.
Meets Fernando Botero.
They will be living between France, Italy, Colombia and the US.
 
1978-1990  
Teaches painting in her own studio and studies various techniques.
 
1981
Solo show at the Fondation Veranneman, Belgium, followed by several others.
Shows at Aberbach Gallery, New York City.
 
1983
Meets Nohra Haime, who will become her art dealer for the US.
Juana Mordo shows her works in his gallery in Madrid.
Participates in the fair “Art Basel”. 
 
1984-1999  
Solo shows in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, US, Colombia and Venezuela. 
Participates regularly to the fairs “FIAC”, “ICAF”, “SAGA”, “CIAE”, “RVS Fine Arts”, “Salon d’Octobre”, “La Mastice Fine Art”, “Internazionale Scultura”, “CIAE”, “Art Miami”, “The Art Show”, “Art New York International”, “Arte Fiera Padova”, “Maastrich Fair”, “Art Chicago”, “St’Art”, “Biennale des Antiquaires”, “Arte Feria”, “Art Paris”.
 
1985
Spends more and more time in Pietrasanta, Italy.
First solo show at Nohra Haime Gallery, New York City, followed by several others. 
 
1987             
First solo show at Galerie Eolia, Paris.
 
1988 
First solo show at Galleria d’Arte Il Gabbiano, Rome, followed by several others.
For the first time, she creates miniature sculptures shaped to be jewels.
 
1990 
Shows a big marble sculpture at Galerie Eolia, Paris.
 
1991
Starts sculpting in monumental scale.
Shows at the Museum of Modern Art of Caracas. 
 
1991-1997  
Participates to the “Biennale de la Sculpture de Monte-Carlo”.
 
1992 
The city of Paris buys her monumental sculpture “Là Haut Rien Ne Bouge or Femme Multipliée par Deux”.
Starts assemblages on canvas.
Shows at the Gallery Sala Gaspard, Barcelona.
 
1993 
From now on she lives a month every year in Mexico and studies Maya and Olmek sculpture.
 
1994 
Release of the book “Small Scale Sculptures”, published by Nohra Haime Gallery Editions, New York City.
Wins the Acquisition Prize at the Biennale of Sculpture of Fujisankei, Open Air Museum of Utsukushi-ga-hara, Japan.
Participates in the “Biennale of Sculpture of Amsterdam”.
 
1995            
Participates in  “Skulptura”, Montreal.
 
1996
Exhibition at the  “Salon de Mars” in Paris, of her sculptures and assemblages on canvas.
 
1997
For the first time she shows at Galerie Frank Pages, Baden-Baden,  followed by several others.                                                 
Her monumental sculpture “Trouble Essentiel” is shown on Leopoldplatz.
Her sculpture  “Serpents de la Guerre” is shown on Wittelbacherplatz, within the exhibition  “Le Printemps en Bavière” in Munich.
Retrospective show at the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio.
First show of her jewels-sculptures at Naïla de Monbrison Gallery, Paris.
First show of her assemblages on canvas at Nohra Haime Gallery, New York City.
Shows at Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta.
 
1998 
The Wichita State University, Kansas, inaugurates the Plaza of the Heroines around her sculpture  “Danseuse Espagnole”.
Solo show of monumental sculptures with Nohra Haime Gallery at the “Art Show”, New York City.
First show of her polychrome sculptures at Nohra Haime Gallery, New York City. 
 
1999 
Release of her monograph published by Paola Gribaudo and Justin Spring at Rizzoli International in english, Fabbri Editori in italian, Villegas in spanish and Cercle d’Art in french.
First solo show at Galerie Pièce Unique and the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris, followed by several others.
Shows at Arij Gasiumasen Gallery, Palm Beach.
 
2000 
Her monumental sculpture “Là Haut Rien Ne Bouge” is set up at the Hilton Hotel of New York City.
The City of Athens invites her to show her monumental sculptures on Kotzia square and her sculpture-fountain “Thésée” is set up to stay in the middle of the square.
Magda Baltoyanni represents her work in Greece.
Retrospective show at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino.
Solo show at the “FIAC”, Paris, with Galerie Pièce Unique.
 
2000-2007  
Participates regularly in the fairs “Salon de Mars” , “Art Bruxelles”, “Art Paris”, “St’Art”, “Artissima”, “Torino Art Fair”, “Frankfurt Art Fair”, “The Art Show”, “FIAC”, “Art Basel”, “Art Miami”, “Art 20”, “MIART”, “Maastrich Fair”, “Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux-Arts”, “Art Paris Abu Dhabi”. 
 
2001             
Retrospective show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida.
Retrospective show at the Ludwig Museum, Kombletz.
The city of Geneva invites her to show her monumental sculptures and her assemblages on canvas.
Shows her monumental sculptures in Baden Baden.
First show of her jewels-sculptures with Liliane Sicard Gallery, Geneva, followed by several others.
 
2002 
Shows her monumental sculptures at the Palazzo Vecchio and on Piazza de la Signoria, Florence.
Participates to group shows in New York City, Palm Beach and Biarritz.
Collaborates with Baccarat for her jewels-sculptures in Paris. 
 
2003 
The city of Pietrasanta invites her to show her monumental sculptures, paintings, watercolors and assemblages on canvas in the church of San Agostino and on Piazza del Duomo.
Shows her jewels-sculptures with Baccarat at Geneva and Athens.
Participates in a group show in Biarritz.
 
2004 
Retrospective show at the Benaki Museum, Athens.
The city of Rome invites her to show her monumental sculptures on Piazza Esedra.  
Solo show at the National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 
2005
Solo shows in Sevilla, Grenada and Gerona.
Shows her monumental sculptures in the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.
 
2006             
Solo shows in Paris and Monterrey.
Shows her monumental sculptures at Moncalieri/Torino.
She is commissioned a series of monumental sculptures and reliefs for Alberto Pinto, Paris.
 
2007            
First solo show at Galleria d’Arte Contini in Venice.
Shows her monumental sculptures and paintings in Tenerife.
 
2008
Solo show at the Confucius Temple, on the occasion of the Olympic Games of Beijing.
Shows her monumental sculptures in the Gardens of Boulingrins, Monte-Carlo.
 
2008-2010
Participates regularly in the fairs “Salon de Mars” », “Art Paris”, “St’Art”, “Frankfurt Art Fair”, “The Art Show” The Armory, “FIAC”, “Art Basel”, “Art Miami”, “MIART”, “Maastrich Fair”, “Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux-Arts”, “Art Paris Abu Dhabi”, « Torino Art Fair », Art Karlsrube », « Arte Feria », « Art Verona », « Art Dubaï », « Art Chicago », « The Athens World Fine Art Fair ».
 
2009
Paintings and sculptures specially created for private yachts and the Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa cruise ships.
First individual show at the J & P Fine Art Gallery in Zürich.
 
2010 
Publication by Éditions de La Martinière of a bilingual (French-English) book presenting twenty years of sculpted jewellery including a descriptive catalogue. Text written by Laurence Mouillefarine, photographs by Philippe Garcia. Numerous signing exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, the US …
 
2011 
Shows her monumental sculptures in the area Paso de la Castellana in Madrid.
First individual show at the Louisa Guinness Gallery & Ben Brown Fine Arts in London.
Shows her monumental sculptures in Cartagena de Indias and  Inaugural Exhibition at the NH Galeria.
 
2012 
Shows her monumental sculptures, sculptures and paintings in the Bourse Palace in Genoa.
Shows for the first time her jewels-sculptures at the Galleria d’Arte Contini in Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Shows for the first time her jewels-sculptures at Nohra Haime Gallery in New York.
Shows for the first time her jewels-sculptures at MiniMasterpiece Gallery in Paris. 
 
2013 
Shows her sculptures and paintings at the Pera Museum, Istanbul.
Shows for the first time her jewels-sculptures at Gary Nader Art Centre in Miami.
 
2014
Shows her sculptures, paintings and jewels at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros.
First individual show at the Piretti Art Gallery in Knokke - Le Zoute.
 
2015 
First individual show at the Contini Art UK Gallery in London.
First individual show of her monumental sculptures, sculptures,  paintings and  jewels-sculptures at Galerie Dumonteil in Shanghai.

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