Pan Gongkai was born in 1947 in Ninghai, Zhejiang. He is an advisor and Academy Committee member of China National Academy of Painting, and a research fellow at the academy’s Traditional Chinese Painting Institute. He is a member of the Senior Titles Review Committee of the Ministry of Culture. He was the president of China Academy of Art, dean of the Chinese Painting Department, president of Central Academy of Fine Arts, and vice president of China Artists Association. In 1968, he graduated from the Secondary School Affiliated to Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art); in 1978, he studied at the Department of Chinese painting of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts.