Sofia Zarari

Biography

 
 
 
 

Biography

Sofia Zarari initially studied Political Science at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens to better understand the world. She then continued with studies in Jewelry Design at the Mokume Silversmithing and Jewelry Design School, also in Athens, and subsequently wax modeling at the Accademia delle Arti Orafe in Rome. In 1997 she began working as a fine jewelry designer in leading jewelry companies and systematically participated in the most significant European exhibitions. She gained valuable experience during her career teaching jewelry design at the Plakas Art Center in Athens. Since 2016, she is teaching at the educational seminar on contemporary jewelry, To Peirama.

Armed with collage and assemblage techniques, she manages to transcend the boundaries of small-scale art and the rules of the wearable art of jewelry to express herself through visual art. Her work tells personal stories, creates microcosms of escape and seeks to delve into the subconscious. She occasionally uses performance art—movement and speech—as a means to approach cultures, revive primitive practices and decode symbols and understand their meanings. She systematically participates in solo and group exhibitions in galleries in Greece and abroad. Three landmarks in her career are her collaborations with the Benaki Museum, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and the NEON Organisation for Culture and Development in Athens. 2018 sees the opening of a new window of communication with the public by launching the label MYSTiS by SOFIA ZARARI

 

 

Η Σοφία Ζαράρη σπούδασε αρχικά Πολιτικές Επιστήμες στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο Κοινωνικών και Πολιτικών Επιστημών, για να κατανοήσει καλύτερα τον κόσμο. Συνέχισε με σπουδές κοσμήματος στο Mokume Silversmithing and Jewelry Design School στην Αθήνα και κατόπιν μικρογλυπτικής στην Accademia delle Arti Orafe στη Ρώμη. 

Το 1997 ξεκίνησε να εργάζεται ως fine jewelry designer σε οίκους κοσμημάτων με συστηματική παρουσία στις σημαντικότερες Ευρωπαϊκές εκθέσεις. Πολύτιμη εμπειρία στην επαγγελματική της διαδρομή, η ενασχόληση με τη διδασκαλία σχεδίου κοσμήματος στο Κέντρο Τεχνών Πλάκα. Από το 2016, διδάσκει στο εκπαιδευτικό σεμινάριο σύγχρονου κοσμήματος, Το Πείραμα.

Με εργαλεία στα χέρια της τις τεχνικές collage/assemblage, καταφέρνει να υπερβεί την μικροκλίμακα και τους κανόνες της φορέσιμης τέχνης του κοσμήματος και να εκφραστεί εικαστικά. Τα έργα της αφηγούνται  προσωπικές ιστορίες, δημιουργούν μικρόκοσμους διαφυγής, προσπαθούν να εισχωρήσουν στο υποσυνείδητο.  Ενίοτε χρησιμοποιεί την performance-την κίνηση και το λόγο- ως μέσο για να προσεγγίσει πολιτισμούς, να αναβιώσει αρχέγονες πρακτικές, να αποκωδικοποιήσει τα σύμβολα και τη σημασία τους. 

Σταθερά συμμετέχει σε ατομικές και ομαδικές  εκθέσεις σε γκαλερί στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό. Σημαντικοί σταθμοί στην πορεία αυτή, η συνεργασία της με το Μουσείο Μπενάκη, το Μουσείο Κοσμήματος Ηλία Λαλαούνη και τον Οργανισμό Πολιτισμού και Ανάπτυξης ΝΕΟΝ. Το 2018 ανοίγει ένα νέο παράθυρο επικοινωνίας συστήνοντας στο κοινό το brand MYSTiS Jewelry.


Exhibitions/ Fairs

2019: “Dialogues of Life” - Group Exhibition
Art Vitrines of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Thessaloniki

2019: Participating Artist, π3 project by CheapArt, Anticlastics & Ozon
Window Display 3b Vissis Street, Athens Jewelry Week, Athens

2019: Participating Artist, π3 project by CheapArt, Anticlastics & Ozon
Athens International Jewelry Show, Athens

2018: Participating Artist, Museum Art Fair
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens

2018: "Satori" - Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2018: "New Horizons: From Jewelry to Sculpture" - Group Exhibition
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens

2018: Participating Artist, Maria Marami Showroom
Premiere Classe, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

2018: "Artistar Jewels 2018" - Group Exhibition
Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, Milan

2017: "Metallogues" - Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2017: "Synopsis" - Group Exhibition
‘anti’ Art Gallery, Antiparos

2017: "Eros – Thanatos/Victim – Aggressor" - Group Exhibition
Supported by NEON Organisation, Vissis & Aeolou Neoclassical Building, Athens

2017: "CREAID Designer Jewelry Project" - Group Exhibition
One Athens, Athens

2016: "Nuda Veritas" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2016: "Treasure Island" – Group Exhibition
Art Space/Studio 265, Paros

2016: "Antilogos" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2016: "New Territories" – Group Exhibition
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens

2015: "The Greek Tsarouhi_Another Story" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens Jewelry Week 2016

2015: "Myths 2015" – Group Exhibition
Weltraum Gallery, Munich

2014: "Ex-Votos-Talisamans-Spells" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens                    

2013: "Slices of Silence" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2012: "Folk is coming to Town" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2012: "From Darkness to Light" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2011: "Strong Wishes" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens                 

2011: "Post Motion" – Group Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

2010:  "six women and A man" – Solo Exhibition
Eleni Marneri Creative Gallery, Athens

1999-2012: Participating Artist, as an exclusive Fine Jewelry Designer
on behalf of GEO Jewelry Company: 
Baselworld, Basel
Iberhoya, Madrid
Gold Solv Ure-Bella Center, Copenhagen
Gold & Silver, Athens


Education

2007:  "Diploma in Wax Microsculpture"
Accademia delle Arti Orafe, Rome

1997-1996: "Diploma in Jewelry Design and Casting Jewelry Specialisation"
Mokume Studio, Silversmithing  and Jewelry Design Institute, Athens

1996-1994: "Diploma in Jewelry Design and Handmade Jewelry Specialisation"
Mokume Studio, Silversmithing and Jewelry Design Institute, Athens

1991-1987: "Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)"
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens