Dong Kingman was born in Oakland, CA in 1911 and lived in San Francisco. He studied art at the Long Non School in Hong Kong and the Fox-Morgan School in Oakland. He was a member of the San Francisco Art Association, the Bay Region Art Association, and the California Watercolor Society. His works received awards from the San Francisco Watercolor Exhibition for the San Francisco Art Association in 1936, and the Oakland Art Gallery in 1937. His works are displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and Mills College in Oakland. Kingman was an art instructor at the Sacramento Art Center.