Born in Shandong province, China, in 1963, the artist studied fine arts at the Qinghua University Art College in Beijing and graduated in 1986. He lived and worked in Vienna and Hamburg during the 1980s, and has divided his time between Berlin and Beijing since 1996.has been highly recognized around the world and is well known for his bold oil and acrylic portraits of women. Ling’s paintings address issues of personal identity in China, and examine the social and political aspects of Chinese life. The artist has been exhibited in a multitude of solo and group shows since 1991.
Ling Jian currently lives in Beijing and Germany.