Poon Tai was born in Mainland, China. At the tender age of five, he began the serious study of art under the tutelage of China's famed Chao Shoa-An. He was considered the master of Ling-Nam school and the most versatile Chinese painter the last century has produced. Tai To quietly and meticulously learned the difficult and disciplined traditional Chinese bamboo brushwork. His progress was rapid. He won the governor of Hong Kong's favor and had his first exhibit at the palace.