Born in Guilin, Guangxi province, he is also named Yang Xuewu. In his late year, he is known as Ludi shanweng. He graduated from the Shanghai Arts College in 1931 and further his studies in Nihon University in Japan in 1935. In 1937, he abandoned his plan to Paris to become an artist and returned home to participate in the war against Japan. He published poetry and painted a large number of paintings reflecting the struggles of life. He then established a magazine. In 1957 Yang Taiyang and Fu Baoshi led the Chinese artists to countries in Eastern Europe including Romania, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union for exchange visits. He was invited to Japan, the United States and Canada for holding solo exhibitions and was invited to have a 100-day cultural visit to Taiwan, and held 7 solo exhibitions. Yang Taiyang is a Chinese artist and art educator, specializing in Chinese and Western paintings, calligraphy and poetry, and is a highly respected, outstanding artists. Yang Taiyang is the pioneer, standard-bearer and leader of Lijiang River School of Painting.