Born in southern China, Mian Situ earned B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art, then worked as an art instructor for six years. He lived in Canada for 10 years before immigrating to the United States in 1998.
Situ received the 2009 Masters of the American West Purchase Award from the Autry Museum of the American West for his painting Convergence of Cultures. He won the Gene Autry Memorial Award at the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 Masters of the American West. He was given the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award and the Artists’ Choice Award at the 2006 Masters of the American West; the Artists’ Choice Award at the 2005 Masters of the American West; and the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting and the Patrons’ Choice Award at the 2004 Masters of the American West. In 2003, he received three Masters of the American West awards, and in 2002 his painting Powder Monkeys also won three awards, including the Purchase Award.
In 2000 his work won the first-place prize at the Carmel Art Festival and the Artists’ Choice Award for best painting at the 90th Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club. He has also received numerous awards from the National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America.