Irini Gonou was born in 1955 in Athens. She studied sculpture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and after at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs where she has also worked as a workshop assistant for two years in the section of ceramic sculpture. She lived in Paris for eleven years studying the multicultural dimension of art.
Since 1980, she has shown her work in thirty-two solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Her 2009 solo exhibition, Al-Khatt, the magic script, was a visual dialog with the Benaki Museum of Islamic Arts exhibits in Athens. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece, as well as in France, UK, and Belgium.
Her artwork is included in the collections of the French Ministry of Culture, the Musée Ernest-Renan in France, the Museum of Islamic Arts in Athens, the Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Florina, the Anthropological Museum of Ptolemais in Greece, as well as in municipal galleries, private museums and foundations, and a variety of public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
She lives and works in Athens and teaches a calligraphy workshop on the “the Writings of the Mediterranean” at the Museum of Islamic Arts of Athens and Byzantine calligraphy workshop at the School of Fine Arts in Athens.