Guo Shaogang (1932) was born in Changping, Beijing. In 1949, he was admitted to the National Beiping Art College. In 1953, he graduated from the Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and taught at the Wuhan Central and South American College. From 1955 to 1960, he was selected by the state to study at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts in the Soviet Union, specializing in oil painting. Since 1960, he has been teaching at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, where he served successively as Deputy Director of the Oil Painting Department, Director of the Art Education Department, Deputy Dean and Dean. He has been a professor since 1985. In 1999, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Russian Repin Academy of Fine Arts and the Pushkin Medal awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Government.
Guo is an oil painter, art educator, and calligrapher.