Xie Ruijie (1902-2000), also known as Xie Baoshu (谢宝树) was a native of Jiaowan Village, Gongyi City, Henan Province. He entered Kaifeng Teachers College in 1921 to study fine arts and music, in 1923 he entered the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts to study western painting. He graduated from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in 1924, and taught at the Kaifeng Dongyue Art School in 1924. Since then, he has been engaged in art education. In 1949, he served as the principal of the Kaifeng Art School; he joined the Chinese Democratic League in 1951 and the Communist Party in 1956.
Xie mainly created oil paintings in the 1920s, and began to paint Chinese paintings in the 1930s. Later, he created a large number of works devoted to the Yellow River. "The Great River Up and Down Changchun" (大河上下 浩浩长春) was collected by the Great Hall of the People.