Lin Hongji was born in 1946 in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. He started painting as a child and was exhibiting his work internationally before he began his formal training. Lin Hongji graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1970. He was a Director of the Guangdong Oil Painting Committee and an associate of the Guangdong Painting Institute conducting research and working for the Institute as a professional artist. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Arts from The People's Republic of China at the International Arts Exhibition in Algeria in 1987 and
he won the Bronze medal at the Seventh National Exhibition, Beijing in 1989. Lin Hongji's works have been exhibited in many international group shows and are in numerous museum collections, including the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. He is currently Deputy Director of the Guangdong Painting Studio, a member of the staff council of the Chinese Artists' Association and a member of the Chinese National Association of Artists. Lin Hongji resides in Guangzhou.