Ma Shulin was born in 1956 in Shenyang, Liaoning. He is a research fellow at the Traditional Chinese Painting Institute of China National Academy of Painting. He is a director of China Artists Association and a member of the Senior Titles Review Committee of the Ministry of Culture. He was vice president of the National Art Museum of China, vice president and professor of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, and vice chair of Liaoning Province Artists Association. He graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree and stayed there as a teacher.