Born in 1968 in Shandong province, Ling Jian studied fine arts at the Qinghua University Art College in Beijing. After completing his degree in 1987 he left China for an atelier in Vienna, then Hamburg and Berlin, where has continued to work and live.

In his famous series of works titled Communist Sister and the latest Don't love beauty, love army's power, inspired by a Mao’s quote, he depicts in a provocative and tempestuous style, the idealized and fictionalized image of the Chinese Communist Sister.

Ling Jian, like many of his contemporaries, seeks reconciliation between the China of the past and the China of the present – and does so through examining its role and its effect in the life of women.