- Born in Germany, Karl started painting in Berlin. After his studies in Germany and France, he left for the United States to work as a fellow under NASA. During his years of scientific research, his art work gradually transformed and the influence of science can be seen integrated in a number of his paintings and 3-dimensional montages. Art and science are connected. Earth structures and ocean features are extracted and transformed into captured elements, time and energy and painted onto canvas. He defines color in objective terms, as specific spectral parts of light, and in subjective terms as something perceived and experienced by an individual. Karl continues to teach and is involved in the interpretation of satellite data.
- For the last 25 years, Karl has his residence and studio in Hampton Bays, New York.