Justin Qian was born in Nanjing, China. He was one of the Educated Youth in 1968. After graduating in Nanjing University of the Arts, he became a lecturer in the university. He created a number of major artworks including a large granite sculpture ‘Mother and Child’ carved in 1986 in Suzhou City as well as a white marble sculpture ‘Textile Goddess’, carved in 1988 in Shengze City.
Justin Qian moved to Australia in 1991 and continued his practice as an artist in Sydney. He had since won numerous sculpture awards including being a finalist in the Wynne Prize at Art Gallery of NSW in 2006, the Blake Prize in 2007, and the Blacktown Arts Exhibition in 2004 and 2006. Justin Qian had also exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea in 2007 and 2008. He was also commissioned by the City of Sydney to design the Horse lantern that was exhibited as part of the Chinese New Year Festival at Martin Place in 2016 and near Circular Quay in 2017.