Gündüz Gölünü was born in Çanakkale in 1937. He enrolled as a student in the State Fine Arts Academy in 1955 from which he graduated in 1961, and began his work as an assistant there in 1965. With a government scholarship, he went to Paris and learned colored etching techniques at the William Stanley Hayter Studio. He went to Hamline University in America in 1973 as an invited artist for one year. The same year, he got a scholarship and worked on silkscreening techniques at Pratt Graphic Institute in New York. In 1974 he returned to Istanbul and earned the title of Professor, then taught at the Academy until 1979. In 1979, he went to America once again, where he worked as an invited artist at St. Catherine University. The following year, he moved to California and became a member of the Kala Art Institute, formed by artists trained at Atelier 17, where he taught colored printmaking techniques. Gölönü’s work at Süleyman Saim Tekcan’s studio in Kuyubaşı Aralık Street started in 1976, and he is the first artist to have worked at this studio. He produced printmaking at Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme in 1977 and at the IMOGA Etching Studio in 2006 and 2008. After spending 25 years in America, he returned to Turkey in 2004 and began working at Yeditepe University. He instructed undergraduate and graduate students at Işık University from 2007 until his death in 2015.