Stella Zhang learned painting from her father, the acclaimed brush painter Ping Zhang, who was a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. She received her BFA in Chinese Brush Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. She studied Japanese Painting at Tama Fine Art University and Tokyo Art University, where she earned her MFA in 1996.
Stella Zhang has relocated to the United States in 2003 and has been working and living there since. Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums in Greater China, Japan and America. She has held solo exhibitions at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong (2015 and 2018), NanHai Art,Millbrae, California (2017), Art Basel Hong Kong (2016), The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco (2010), Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (2010), Fine Arts Museum of China, Beijing (2004), Center of Art and Culture, Taipei (2004), and Journal Gallery, Tokyo (1997).
Stella Zhang was awarded the Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University (2016) and has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Program (2014) and the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship Program (2013 and 2016), as well as winning the Xian Rui Artist Excellence of the Year prize from the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco in 2010. Her work is featured in the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of China, Beijing, as well as the Tan Shin Fine Arts Museum, Tokyo.