Jia Youfu was born in 1941 in Suning, Hebei. He is currently a professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts and a research fellow at the Traditional Chinese Painting Institute of China National Academy of Painting. In 1965, he graduated from the Department of Chinese Painting of Central Academy of Fine Arts. His teachers include notable artists Li Keran, He Haixia, and Zong Qixiang. He is a painter and theorist of landscape painting.