Born in 1933 in Riga, Latvia, she came to Canada in her youth. She attended high school in Montreal and graduated with a silver medal. She studied Arts at Sir George Williams University (Concordia U.) and graduated with a B.A. majoring in Fine Arts and winning a Board of Governors medal for Creative Expression (1956). She graduated from McGill with her B.Ed. in Fine Arts and received a three-year postgrad scholarship. She continued studies at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and became a member of the Independent Artists' Assoc. of Montreal (1957). A painter, she exhibited in group and solo shows in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Paris. Her water colour Pastorale won the Prix de Paris Award (1966). Married Dr. I. Cenne and they resided in Owen Sound. Gundega died in Ottawa in 2010.