Yu Hui was born in 1960 in Nanjing, Jiangsu. She is vice president of the Chinese Painting Academy of Jiangsu Province and a research fellow at the Traditional Chinese Painting Institute of China National Academy of Painting. She is vice chair of China National Arts and Crafts Association, vice chair of Chinese Gongbi Painting Association, a specially-appointed professor of the Art Research Institute of Nanjing University, and a national top-level artist. Yu was president of the Institute of Flowers and Birds Painting of Jiangsu Province Academy of Chinese Painting. In 1984, she graduated from the Jiangsu Provincial Traditional Chinese Painting Institute and stayed on to teach.