Diane Ding was born into a family of artists and fell in love with painting at a young age. In 1985, she graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Harbin in China. From there, she went on to become to Head Art Designer from 1986 to 1992 for the Daily Cultural News in Changchun, China. Simultaneously, Ding created and illustrated covers for a multitude of books and magazines, and participated in many art exhibitions in China.
In early 1993, she immigrated to the United States with her husband, artist Wanxin Zhang. In same year, she established Sunny Art Studio to re-enter the fields of art education and instruction. Meanwhile, she continued practicing studio art. Her works have been shown in St. Petersburg, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Ashville, North Carolina; Palm Desert and San Francisco Bay Area, California. Her private collectors are located both domestically and internationally.
Ding currently lives and works in San Francisco.