Lu Cong was born in Shanghai, China in 1979. At the age of eleven he joined his parents in Muscatine, Iowa near the Quad Cities area. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in biology he moved to Denver, CO in 2000 with very limited art training. Since 2002 he has exhibited at the Denver Art Students League and participated in life drawing sessions there. As an artist he is mainly self-taught. The undeniable power and strength of his compositions affects all who view his work. Today he is considered one of the most important young artists in the southwestern United States.