Gao Qian was born in 1973 in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province. She received her bachelor's degree from the School of Fine Arts of Nanjing University of the Arts in 1995, and she received her master's degree from the same school in 1998. She completed her PH.D. at Chinese National Academy of Arts in 2016. Currently a fulltime artist at the Institute of Art Creations, under the Chinese National Academy of Arts, she works and lives in either Beijing or Shanghai. Last year, Gao hosted a solo exhibition, The Flowery Scroll, at the National Art Museum of China, in Beijing.