Ke Jiusi was born in Xianju, Taizhou, also known by his courtesy name Jingzhong and literary name Danqiu, Danqiusheng, and Wuyungeli. He held an academician position, in charge of artwork and literature identification and categorization, at the Cabinet of Royal Painting and Calligraphy (kuizhangge). He later drifted about before residing in Songjiang District. Ke excelled at calligraphy. His works follow Ouyang Xun’s style and are powerful, steady, and elegant. He was particularly good at painting ink-coloured bamboos and imitated the works of Wen Tong. His brushwork is vigorous and graceful. The artist rendered his bamboo culms robust and round, and the branches and leaves in cursive script. He also did landscape paintings from time to time.