Lithographer, painter and etcher, Karl Schrag was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1912. He studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Geneva in 1931, the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1932 and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére from 1931 to 1935. He emigrated to the United States in 1938 where he completed his education at the Art Students League in New York. Schrag became an American citizen in 1944.
Throughout his career, Schrag taught and traveled extensively. He was an instructor at Columbia University and at Brooklyn College and, in 1950, he was appointed as the Director of New York’s prestigious Atelier 17. Schrag’s paintings and original prints were featured in numerous international exhibitions.