Franz Richard Unterberger was born on the 15th of August 1837 in Innsbruck. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, where the professors Clemens von Zimmermann and Julius Lange taught him. In 1858 he followed his mentor Professor Lange to Milan. Even in his own home, Unterberger always found motifs that inspired him. In 1864 he moved to Brussels as an independent painter. From there he visited southern France and towards the end of the sixties also southern Italy. His first Italian painting, a piece portraying Naples, was exhibited in the Viennese Kunstverein in 1868.
The sunny coastal landscapes of the Adriatic, as well as Venice with its magnificent buildings and picturesque corners, were soon the focus of his artistic works. Unterberger was awarded several medals. In 1874 Emperor Franz Joseph I awarded him the Knights Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph. Franz Richard Unterberger died in Neuilly-sur-Seine on the 25th of May, 1902.