Kanella (Nelly) Tragousti was born in Amalias Greece, in 1959. 1976 – 1980 She studied philology at Athens University. 1980 – 1983 “Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes“ of the Sorbonne University (Diploma about the relation between text and image in photography, cinema and painting).
1985 She attended the painting workshop of Katherina Merzani at the „Ora“ gallery in Athens. 1983 – 1987. She worked in Athens for several TV and movie productions and films as translator, scriptwriter and free-lance photographer.
She attended from 1990 to 1992 the engraving course organised by Jens Jensen at the Academy of Art.
Kanella has lived in Berlin since 1987 where she works as a free artist. Since then she had several group and single exhibitions in Germany and Greece.