Gao Yun was born in 1956 in Nanjing, Jiangsu. He is vice president of Chinese Painting Society and an Academy Committee member and a research fellow of China National Academy of Painting. He is deputy director of the Chinese Painting Art Committee of China Artists Association, deputy director of the National Art Museum Professional Committee, a visiting professor at Nanjing University of the Arts, a part-time professor at Nanjing University, and a national top-level artist. He was president and chief editor of Jiangsu Art Publishing House and curator of Jiangsu Province Art Museum. In 1982, he graduated with a degree in Chinese painting from Nanjing University of the Arts.