Zhao Hongbin was born in Shanghai in 1952. He studied Fine Art Research in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and for magazines, worked as an art editor and chief editor. He went to Australia in 1988, and became a professional artist.
Zhao Hongbin was granted status as an "International talented artist" to receive a special permit of permanent residence, which led to Australian citizenship in 1993. From 1989 to 1995, he won over 40 First Prizes in Australia national art competitions including first prize in the "Victor Harbor Art Show" oil painting; and "24th Ernest Henry Memorial Art Show".