Ruo Li was born in 1954 in Hunan, China. After graduating from high school, Li attended the Light Industry Arts and Crafts School and was later accepted into the prestigious Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art where he received four years of formal training in oil painting. He taught for eight years in the Fine Art Department of Henan University. He served as the Vice Director of the Teaching and Researching Committee of the Art Department and was in the process of becoming a professor when a trip to the United States in 1989 changed the course of his life. Ruo Li eventually settled in California and five years later he was chosen by U.S. Art Magazine as one of the top ten artists in the country to watch. Ruo Li is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; a Signature Artist Member of California Art Club and Signature Artist Member of American Society of Marine Artists.