Born in Tokyo in 1916, Pang Tseng-ying was raised in Beijing. Introduced by his mother to calligraphy from an early age, Pang began formal lessons in calligraphy and traditional painting from the age of eight, selling his first work "Peach" in 1927 at the age of 11. Despite entering Beijing's Jinghua Institute of Art at the age of 18 to study Western painting. Following graduation, he earning a scholarship to study at Nippon University. Pang was fleeing the mainland to Taiwan in 1949 during the communist takeover. Upon arrival in Taiwan, Pang taught at the Taipei Provincial Fist Girl's Senior High School, and subsequently at the National Arts College and the Fuhsing School of Arts and Crafts. In 1954, Pang was featured in a solo exhibition at New York's Argent Gallery sponsored by the National Association of Women. Attracting notice and coverage in US and Chinese media and recognition among his peers in the art community, the exhibition helped pave the way for his subsequent development in the United States. Pang settled in the United States in 1966, and lived there.