Wu Junqi (1918-2006) was from Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. During beginning of the war against Japan in 1938, his family fled to Shanghai. After his graduation from the Suzhou Art School in that same year, he was editor of the Science Illustrated (Kexue huabao, 科学画报) published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Later, he went to Wuxi to work in advertising art. After 1949, he worked successively for the Farmers illustrated (Nongmin huabao, 农民画报), the Southern Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, the Jiangsu Provincial Art Studio, and the Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum.
Wu's forte were water colors, but he was also engaged in the creation of New Year pictures, comic strips, propaganda posters, oil paintings, gouache paintings, wood carvings, etc.