Karl Josef Gunsam was born on August 14, 1900 in Vienna. He studied at the Paris Academy Vitty, drawing and painting. He became a member of the Hagenbund in 1932. In 1937 Gunsam received the Austrian State Prize for the painting "Unterlaa". He designed the poster for the last Hagenbund exhibition. One of the traits of Gunsam’s art was expressed by its coloristic character and by the clarity of the structure of his paintings. It was his desire to create a different color tone in each of his pictures. This color dynamics were conveyed by the use of contrasting colors, which often collide hard, and sometimes by strong contour lines. Gunsam’s work was of an outstandingly high quality. His works are found in the Lower Austrian State Museum at the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna, the Cultural Office of the City of Vienna, in the Austrian Gallery Belvedere –Oberes, and the National Museum Budapest. Karl Josef died on November 1st 1972 in Vienna.