Ileana Arnaoutou was born in Athens in 1994. She graduated in 2017 from the Slade School of Fine UCL with a
BA(Hons) in Fine Art, and in 2018 from University College London with an MA in Art History, engaging with psychoanalysis, feminist and gender politics through questions of sexuality and trauma. Since then, Ileana has been living and working in Athens, mainly focusing on painting, drawing, sculpture and writing; asking questions around notions of embodiment and the inability of the subject to remain intact. Through her practice she is tackling issues that relate to Judith Butler’s notion of ‘being undone by each other’ – undone by touch, grief or desire; an embodied ‘self-encounter’ and psychosomatic experience that she explores through the intimacy and immediacy of working with paint and clay. Ileana is a co-founder of Athens Open Studio, an artist run space in Athens focusing on practice-led inquiry and education. She has participated in various group shows in Athens, such as "APOTROPAION" in 16 Fokionos Negri/The Felios Collection, 'Intimacy: A Modern Tyranny' as part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival at The Project Gallery, Back to Athens 7, Serving off Matter and Exposition 1 at Athens Open Studio, and has received scholarships from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Schilizzi Foundation and University College London.