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Yiota Skarveli was born in Sparta, Greece.
She studied painting at City of London Polytechnic (Sir John Cass School of Art), and continued her studies in fine arts at Byam Shaw School of Art in London, where she produced and developed the abstract expressionist style by which she is known today. She attended the MA course in Fine Arts at Middlesex University under the supervision of John Thomson. This course shaped her current work with reference to time—notably "Now in the Past" and "Presence of Absence". London became her home for two decades, during which she was actively involved in the contemporary art scene.

Yiota Skarveli has presented the following personal exhibitions: Uncanny I, Art Center of the Municipality of Athens – ACMA, Athens (2000); Uncanny II, ArTower Galleries, Athens (2002); Yiota Skarveli, Art Space, 53d Sofokleous Street, Athens (2007); The Book of Hours, Saint George Chapel, Mystras (2007); Votives (Τάματα), Saint George Chapel, Mystras (2008); Happy Days, Municipal Gallery of Psychiko, Athens (2008); Happy Days II, Cultural Center at Sykiki of Plytra, Greece (2008); Votives (Τάματα), National Gallery of Greece, Sparta Branch (2009).

Her work has featured in the following group exhibitions:
Polish Cultural Institute of London, England (1993); Highgate Art Gallery, London (1998); Scenes in Perspective, ArTower Galleries, Athens (2003); Narcissists and Cannibals, ArTower Galleries, Athens (2003); The Rape of Europe, Luke & A Gallery, London (2003); New Order of Things, ArTower Galleries, Athens (2004); Contemporary Counterparts, ev+a, Belltable, Limerick, Ireland (2005); Les Chiens Vagabonds, Booze Cooperativa, Athens (2006); Group Exhibition, Danubius Hotel, Regent's Park, London (2007); 1st Athens Biennale, Technopolis of Athens, (2007); Where is the Art?, Athens (2007); sExplosion, Booze Cooperativa, Athens (2011); Tio Ilar, Athens (2011, 2012, 2013); Opposition Now!, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens (2014); Fata Morgana by Orange Water, Santorini Arts Factory (2016); Fata Morgana by Orange Water, Municipal Art Gallery, Paros (2016); Reflections of Origin with Orange Water, Archaeological Museum of Chania (2017); Reflections of Origin with Orange Water, Hellenic Open University, Patras (2017); Presence of Absence with Orange Water 4, Kunstruimten Noorderstation, Netherlands (2018).

Her work is currently on display at Mihalarias Art, Kifissia.

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