Sophia Vari

“For me, I need to touch and feel the reality of something. So sculpture is more real. It is there, you touch it, you go around it. But painting, drawing is an illusion.”

The brilliant Sophia Vari (1940 – 2023) captivated audiences worldwide with her public art installations in cities like Paris, Florence, New York, Shangai, Monaco, Madrid, Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Sao Paolo, Caracas, and Pietrasanta, just to name a few. Among her many accomplishments include several museum exhibitions and nearly 100 solo shows. (Read More)

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Known for her bronze polychrome sculptures and geometric paintings, Vari is considered a major world-renowned artist. She was born in Greece and grew up in Switzerland with her Greek-Hungarian family. She traveled throughout Europe and officially moved to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1958, studying forms and their effects on the physical space and viewer surrounding it. She drew influence from various points in art history including Cubism, and ancient cultures like the Cycladic Greeks, Egyptians, and the Pre-Columbian Olmec and Mayans. 

Her collages, oils, and watercolors on canvas were a part of her constant research of form and balance. Both striking and lively, she created compositions that play with a sense of space and depth. She painted her artworks with a three-dimensional quality, that attracts viewers to her creations, using soft palettes and delicate techniques to create shadows and volumes, as well as extremely refined textures included old book pages, particular papers, even layers of canvas fabric. 

In her exotic and exquisite sculptures, you will find precious materials such as marble, silver, polished bronze with different patinas, and wall-epoxy-sculptures, often in white monochromatic proposals as well as with color hand-painted finishes. Vari exceeded her initial concept of three-dimensionality, eventually creating a stunning and opulent jewelry collection, where she could adorn herself with her artistic creations.

Sophia Vari passed away in 2023 in Monaco.


Important Exhibitions

2023    12 monumental sculptures, Park Avenue, New York, USA

2018    Forms and Contradictions, 16 monumental scultptures, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

2017    The Art of Sophia Vari, Art of the World Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA

2014    Sophia Vari Sculptures, Paintings, and Jewels, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros, Greece

2013    Sophia Vari – Sculptures and Paintings, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2012    Sophia Vari the Harmonic Evolution of Form, monumental sculptures, Palazzo della Borsa, Genova, Italy

2008    15 monumental sculptures, Gardens of Boulingrins, Monte Carlo, Monaco

2004    Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2003    Assessorato alla Cultura, Chiesa San Agostino and Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta, Italy

2001    Restrospective, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Sophia Vari: Monumental Sculptures and Assemblages on Canvas, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany

1998    Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, USA

1997    Restrospective, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, USA

1991    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Ímbers, Caracas, Venezuela

1975    Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil


Important Group Exhibitions

2024    Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Art of the World Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

ZonaMACO Arte Contemporáneo, represented by Art of the World Gallery, Mexico City, México

2023    Art Miami, represented by Art of the World Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA

             Art Central Hong-Kong, represented by Art of the World Gallery, Hong-Kong, China

2019    Seduzione Bellezza Contemporaneità – II Mestiere Delle Arti, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy

2018    Korean International Art Fair, represented by Art of the World Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

The Fifth Element, Art of the World Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA

From Calder to Koons, Artist Jewelry – Diane Venet’s Ideal Collection, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

2017    Medusa – Jewelry and Taboos, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

2011    From Picasso to Koons – Artist’s Jewelry, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA

2010    Women Creators in the 20th Century, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada, Granada

2003    La Fête, Museo Valenciano de la Illustración y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain

1998    La Biennale des Antiquaires, Fondation Veranneman Musée d’art Contemporain, Paris, France

1997    Vlème Biennale de la Sculpture, Monte Carlo, Monaco

1993    Regards sur la Femme, Musée de la Monnaie, Paris, France

1989    L’Europe des grands Maîtres, Musée Jacquemart André, Paris, France


Public Collections

Fondation Verannemann, Kruishoutem, Belgium

Museum of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Museum of Outdoor Sculpture, Paris, France

City of Athens, Square Mayor, Greece

National Gallery of Art / Alexandros Soutoz Museum, Athens, Greece

City of Pietrasanta, Italy

Museo degli Argenti, Dipartimento Gioello Contemporaneo, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

Open Air Museum, Utukushi-ga-hara, Japan

Beeldenaanzen Museum, Den Haag, the Netherlands

Fundaçao Caloutse Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Museo de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Musée de la Main, Lausanne, Switzerland

Hilton Hotel, New York City, New York, USA

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela