Yorgis Varlamos was born on the island of Paros in 1922. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1942-1947) painting under Umvertos Argyros and Constantinos Parthenis, and engraving under Yiannis Kefallinos. He continued his art studies with a grant that took him to Paris, where he studied painting under R. Cami, J.-E. Bercier, and H.-G. Adam (1951-1952) at the École Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts and engraving under G.L. Prost and R. Cottet (1958-1961) at the Collège Technique Estienne. During these years he travelled throughout Europe visiting its great Museums and studying the various treads, schools of painting and the painting in general. When he was in Athens (1953-1956) he collaborated with Kefallinos on the album titled Ten White Lekythoi of the Museum of Athens, which ceased with the death of the latter in 1957.
Varlamos had a preference for wood engraving with reference to all possible subject matter. His art is characterized by compositional completeness and powerful expressiveness.