Gao Jieyu (1939) was born in Renshou County, Sichuan Province. In 1954, he entered the high school attached to the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. In 1957, he entered the stage art design major of the Shanghai Theatre Academy. He graduated there in 1961 and was assigned to work in the Sichuan Song and Dance Theater. In 1986, he was transferred to the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts where he becam a professor.
Gao is known for his oil paintings, stage designs and environmental art designs.