Born in 1917 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. He was poor when young, hard-working and self-study. He joined the Chinese Fine Arts Association in 1935.
In 1937, when working as a student, “Chinese Landscape” was selected by the Ministry of Education’s second national art exhibition.
In 1939, he was admitted to the Department of Art of Central University. After graduating in 1944, xu was hired as an assistant researcher at China Fine Art College (Chongqing).
In 1946, he went on to work with Xu Beihong, and served as a lecturer at the National Beiping College of Art, a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, a director of the Watercolor Teaching and Research Office, and a member of the Chinese Artists Association.
Zong Qixiang is good at portrait, landscapes, flowers and birds painting, especially night scene. He was one of the representative figures of the reformists of Chinese painting in the 20th century and was one of the first painters to succeed in transforming the landscape paintings of the country with Western painting, and he made outstanding contributions to the teaching of landscape and watercolor in New China.