Born of Jewish origin, Gego (Hamburg, Germany, 1912 – Caracas, Venezuela, 1994) was forced to leave Germany in 1939, one year after graduating in Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Stuttgart. She immigrated to Venezuela where she received a contract and work visa (she would obtain Venezuelan nationality in 1952). She settled in Caracas and opened a furniture design studio. Gego claimed she never regarded herself as an artist, yet by 1953 she had turned to creating art, encouraged by her companion, the painter Gerd Leufert. Gego travelled widely in Europe and the United States, and lived in New York in 1960 and 1963. During this period her work was collected by institutions such as the MoMA and the Public Library of New York. She was the subject of exhibitions at the Serralves Foundation in Oporto (2006) and at the MACBA (2006–07).