Born in Guangdong, China. Yun Gee enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute when he moved to San Francisco in 1921. In 1925, he studied at the California School of Fine Art under Gottardo Piazzoni and Otis Oldfield. He had his first solo exhibition in 1926, where he met his first patrons, the Prince & Princess Achilles Murat, who encouraged him to go to France. Gee had several solo exhibitions during his stay in Paris. In 1932,Gee was invited to participate in the exhibition "Murals by American Painters and Photographers". He spent the next phase of his life traveling between New York City and Paris before he passed away at the age of 57. In 1968, the Robert Scholkopf Gallery in New York held a retrospective of his works, reviving Gee's memory after he had been forgotten for many years.