Gao Chao (1927, Jingxian, Hebei Province) entered the National Art School (Beiping) in 1948. In 1951, during the Resist America, Support Korea Movement, he joined the Chinese People's Volunteers and worked in the Literary Work Corps of the Political Department. Upon his return in 1954, he resumed his studies and after his graduation in 1956, he was sent to work as a teacher in the secondary art school attached to the Central Art Academy. He transfered to the Oil Painting Department of the Central Art Academy in 1976 to become an Associate Professor.
Gao is known for his oil paintings. Some of his works have been included in the collection of the China Art Gallery.