Fang Xiang was born in 1967 in Shantou City, Guangdong Province. He graduated in 1988 from the Department of Traditional Chinese Painting of the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts. In 1995 he was appointed to the Guangdong Fine Arts Academy as one of 16 permanent artists-in-residence. He is a member of the Chinese Artists Association and one of the Directors of the Council of Guangdong Artists Association. He is also a National Grade One artist.