Neset Gunal was born in Nevsehir in 1923 as the first child of Riza Günal and Ayse Dagarsan. The father´s family had earlier come from the village of Kizilcin in Nevsehir Province, to settle in the town, where they were known as "Kizilcinogullari" after their place of origin. Between 1930 and 1939, Gunal attended primary school in Sereflikochisar and middle school in Nevsehir. With a scholarship granted by the municipality of Nevsehir he attended the State Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul to study under the French artist Léopold Lévy.
In 1946, he graduated from the Academy and successfully passed an examination by which he earned the right to pursue further studies in Europe. Until 1948, Günal made interior decorations for the Istanbul Ses Theatre and The State Theatre of Ankara. Between 1948 and 1954, Gunal studied under government grant, "Frescoes" and "Murals" in Paris at the "Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux Arts" and also worked under Fernand Léger. During that period, he also made museum tours in France, Italy and Spain.