Pang Xunqin was born in Shanghai of ancestry from Changshu, Jiangsu province. From 1921 to 1924, he studied medicine at Shanghai Aurora University. In 1925 he went to France and studied at Julian Academy (Académie Julian) and Grande Chaumière art academy(Académie de la Grande Chaumière) till 1930, after which he returned to Shanghai and joined the Taimeng Society of Painting. He began to teach at Shanghai Changming Art College in 1931. On September 23, with Ni Yide, he founded the Storm Society in Shanghai, the first of its kind to draw inspirations from modern Western art styles in the history of modern Chinese art. He started to teach at Shanghai Fine Art School in 1932 and later at National Beiping Art College from 1936 to 1938. Then from 1939 to 1940, he studied the decorative patterns through different dynasties in China in Kunming. In the autumn of that year, he became a researcher at the National Central Museum, carrying out an in-depth study in Guizhou on the folk arts and crafts of some ethnic minorities in China. After 1940, he worked as a professor and Director of the Department of Applied Fine Arts at Sichuan Provincial Academy of Art in Chengdu., Dean of the Department of Painting of Guangdong Province Fine Arts School, and professor at Sun Yat-sen University. In 1949, he became a professor, Academic Registrar, and Dean of the Department of Painting at The East China Branch of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1956, professor and the vice-president of the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts. Pang held a solo painting exhibition in the National Art Museum of China in 1983. His works include A Research on the Decorative Painting through the Ages of China (zhongguolidaizhuangshihuayanjiu), On Arts and Crafts (lungongyimeishu), Pang Xunqin’s Paintings (pangxunqinhuaji), and Arts and Crafts Design (gongyimeishusheji).