Born in Shandong Province, China. In 1982, he studied in Qinghua University Art College, Beijing. In 1986, he graduated from Qinghua University Art College, Beijing. In 1989, he lived and worked in Vienna. From 1987 to 2005, his works took part in many a exhibitions. In recent years, Ling Jian established an esthetic style of human igure paint- ing in his artistic works, representing a reformed, static body. For the artist, most of the characters in his works come from his daily life: what he sees and feels. More importantly, being away from his home- land for many years, he has undergone substantial changes in terms of taste and value concepts. His ar- tistic creation is the response he's made to the world.