Hong Jiawu was born in Harbin in 1951. He is good in landscape painting, flower-and-bird painting, and figurative painting. He started work in 1968 and served as an art teacher in primary and secondary schools for eight years. In the early 1970s, he studied Chinese painting under the famous ice-and-snow landscape painter Yu Zhixue. In the early 1980s, he was guided by the famous painter Wang Tongjun.
Hong has participated in art exhibitions inside and outside the province and won many awards. His art is favored by calligraphy and painting lovers, and collected in the United States, Germany, Japan and other countries.