Jin was born in China and graduated from Shanghai Art with a degree in oil painting and artistic design. Jin is greatly influenced by Chinese calligraphy and traditional Japanese paintings. He likes the use of heavy, black lines in Chinese art. While he prefers to paint realistic imagery, he uses light and colors in the same way the impressionists and post-impressionists did. Richard Jin has combined Eastern and Western cultures in paintings that capture the imagination and the soul. Both thought provoking and exquisite, Jin continues to break new ground in the realm of realism and imagery.