Chien-Ying Chang was born in China on May 25 1913. She studied Art at the Central University at Nanking, where she met her future husband Chung-Wei Fei.
After the Second World War, Chang visited England to study western paintings, after the Communist takeover of China she decided to stay, which she did for over 50 years.
Chien-Ying Chang and her husband Chung-Wei Fei were part of a small group of Chinese artists who won British Council grants to study in Britain. They both studied at the Slade, and quickly began exhibiting. Their Western and Oriental styles attracted the interest of Mrs Attlee, wife of the Prime Minister, and the painter Stanley Spencer.
The modern pinyin transliteration of her name is Zhang Qianying.