Born in 1951, Ding Tao is a graduate of Liaoning Culture and Art University and was a researcher with the Oil Painting department of Lu Xun Fine Art Academy. He has worked variously as artist, stage designer and art magazine editor. He is currently the principal of the Benxi City Calligraphy and Painting Academy. He has participated in numerous art exhibitions held in China, Thailand, Japan and France. He holds the designation of Grade 1 Artist and is a member of the Chinese Artist Association and the Chinese Oil Painting Society, as well as Resident Artist with the Liaoning Art Academy. His publications include Selected Oil Paintings by Ding Tao, and Ding Tao Oil Painting Collection and Techniques of Oil Landscape Painting.