Shang Jin was born in 1949 in He Nan, China. He is the third of six children. His father was a journalist and his mother a factory union leader. When he was very young, he liked to draw and participate in sports. In fact, all three brothers in this family are painters. His younger brother Shang Ding, has been a major influence on his style lately, though Shang Jin taught the younger Shang in the beginning. He dreamed he could fly freely like the birds, and in 1963 this dream came true. After many years of training in gliders, he became a professional glider instructor, but he has never forgotten his love of drawing and painting. His room was always filled with paintings. In 1984 he went back to school, studying oil painting at Beijing Major Institute of Fine Art. Since graduation, in 1986, he has created many successful works, most of sports subjects, although many are of minority groups in China. In 1984 he won the Bronze Medal for painting in the national show in Beijing. In 1986 his painting " Desert" won the Excellent Award, in Beijing Art Museum. He went on to win the third prize at the second annual Sports Art Exhibit of 1992. He is now a member of the Kunming Artist’s Association, and the Yun Nan Artist’s Association. His painting "The Serve" became the poster for the Davis Cup International Tennis Tournament. He began showing in the United States in 1993 at Quast Gallery, Breckenridge Gallery and Lanning Gallery where his work is currently on display.