Chryssa (Vardea - Mavromichali) was born in Athens, in 1933. At the age of twenty, she moved to Paris, where she studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière and was exposed to the postwar Surrealist milieu and its seminal figures, artists such as Andre Breton and Max Ernst. In 1954 she attended the California School of Fine Arts and at the end of the same year she settled in New York, where, fascinated and inspired by the vibrant environment, started her international career.
The urban landscapes, the inscriptions with the bright neon lights, the metal constructions, the signs of Chinatown became the key elements of her inspiration. Her work, both poetic and dynamic- as dynamic as the New York environment is- ranks her among the most pioneering and acclaimed sculptors of the contemporary art scene.