Born in Vari, near Athens, in 1940 to a Greek father and an Hungarian mother, Sophia Canellopoulos moved with her parents to Switzerland and England during the war and then back to Athens.
She went on to study art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and began to sign her work as “Vari” in a nod to her native village.
Vari initially established herself as a painter and then sculptor going back and forth between the two disciplines for much of her career.
Nowadays her works include monochromatic and colorful abstract sculptures, watercolors and paper assemblages.
Vari founded her current studio in Pietrasanta, Italy, in 2002 and today, she lives in Monaco and owns studios in Greece, Italy and Bogota.
Her work is included in several museums worldwide, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas in Venezuela, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Ulrich Museum of Art in Kansas, and the Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Netherlands.