Burschi was the penname of illustrator and graphic artist Max Emanuel Gruder. He was born in Cernăuţi into a family with German roots from Bukovina. Gruder was given the nickname Burschi by his family, and he continued to use it during his career. He studied engineering, but never practised this profession.
Aventuril lui Costel (Soimii Patriei, 1983)
He published his first strips in the newspaper Tinereţea while still a student in the period 1949-1950. Starting in 1953, he made comics and illustrations for nearly all Romanian children's magazines, including Scânteia Pionierului, Luminiţa, Arici Pogonici, Cutezătorii, Șoimii patriei, Licurici, Ţusca Răţușca and Pipo. He is considered one of the innovators of the Romanian comic style.
He also illustrated about 140 books, some of which were written by his wife, Galia Maria Gruder. Some of his comics were also published in the Czech magazine Pionyr (1955) and in the Hungarian magazine Pionir (1958). He was a fulltime illustrator until 1989, and also published children's books with the Parisian publisher Nathan.