MYSTiS – Sofia Zarari
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.
What defines your style?
Symbols, Beauty in simplicity, Spirituality, Elegance in an unconventional way
What are your most commonly used materials?
Every time I create a collection, I choose materials that will best express my inner vision. My most used materials are Silver 925, Brass and Gemstones.