She studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris (1958-1960). In 1969, she began exhibiting, including a great number of solo exhibitions, contributions to Paris Salons and a wealth of group events in Europe and the United States.

Sofia Vari began her career as an artist with painting and also embraced sculpture. Her earliest work was anthropocentric, stylised, with flowing, flexible volumes. The stylisation in these works subsequently gave its place to abstraction, echoing Henry Moore’s and Jean Arp’s style, her subjects inspired by Greek mythology.