Zeng Riwen (1925-2009), a member of the Zhuang minority, was born in Yongning, Guangxi Province. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Guilin Guangxi Art School in 1952. The next year he transferred to Nanning, where he worked with the Guangxi Illustrated (Guangxi huabao, 广西画报), in the Art Work Office of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous District and in the Guangxi Mass Art Center. In 1960, he transferred to the Guangxi Art Academy, where he taught. When he retired in 1989, he was an Associate Professor.
Some of Zeng's oil paintings have been included in provincial collections.