Maro Gorky was born in New York in 1943, elder daughter of the distinguished American painter of Armenian origin, Arshile Gorky. Her first lessons in painting took place with her father as a child.
After her father's death, Maro Gorky's family moved to Europe. She went to schools in France, America, Spain, Italy and England. She took her Baccalauréat at the French Lycée in London in 1960. She then went to the Slade School of Art in London. where she graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art in 1965.
In 1967 she married the artist Matthew Spender, and the following year they moved to Italy. They have lived in the Siennese countryside ever since. They have two daughters, born in the early seventies, and four grandchildren.
She began to exhibit her work in the early eighties. She has held exhibitions in London, Milan, Venice, Florence, Volterra, Pietrasanta, Carrara and Los Angeles. She exhibits regularly at the Long and Ryle Internal Gallery in London.