Gunda, Antal

1929 - 2013

Antal Gunda started his career in the 1950’s as a graphic artist; and he was also an influential teacher.

He was studying at the University of Fine Arts by the major professor of graphic design at the time, György Konecsni. As he finished his education he started his career as a graphic designer. He created many movie posters. He had a very refined, decorative style. He was working on poster-, emblem-, stamp- and exhibition designs in the 1960’s.

Between 1970-89 he was teaching at the Shool for Fine and Applied Art in Budapest. He was teaching graphic design, and he influented many graphic arists of the next generations. While he was active as teacher, he created only few posters, most of them were published for exhibitions, fairs and culutral events, such as the annual architecture exhibition (We built it in...).

Gunda preferred an elegant drawing style, which is sometimes combined with the intensive color scale of pop art. His movie posters show an an expressive style, often using watercolor paint or paper cut technique. He used to paint or draw the major lines of the composition with intensive gestures. He also often used roughly torn paper pieces in the paper cut, in order to create an expressive composition. He also often worked for theaters, these pieces of him are similar to his movie posters.                                                                                                                                           .