Born in Wurzburg 1943, Gunther got to know handcraft early on through his father who was the art locksmith Johannes Christia Burr.
Since 1964 he was instructed by the painter Dieter Lukas-Larsen in Dusseldorf and at that time he concentrated on the classic oil and watercolour painting. Nevertheless, he experimented with large area painting. His works show a big variety in the use of different techniques and ways of expression. There is a romanticism and impressionism in his work.