Zhan Jianjun, was born in Liaoning province in 1931. He graduated from the Beijing State Run Art School in 1948, from the Central Academy of Fine Arts Oil Painting Department in 1953, from the post-graduate class of the Traditional Chinese Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1955 and from the special USSR Oil Painting Training
Class of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. Today, Zhan Jianjun is a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and member of the Chinese Federation of Literature and Art Circles, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Artists' Association, Chairman of the Chinese Oil Painting Society and committee member of the Chinese People's Consultive Conference. He has traveled extensively and his work has been exhibited in Africa, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Zhan Jianjun's work is represented in numerous private and museum collections including the National Art Museum of China, the Chinese Revolutionary History Museum, and the Chinese Military Museum, all in Beijing.