Song Chang was born in Jangseong, Korea, as a son of a farmer, in 1952, before the Korean War ended. The circumstance of his times and environment of his surroundings had great effect in the formation of his sentiments. He encountered the ruins of war frequently in his life, and grew up experiencing poverty and suffering infecting his daily life. In 1980, he graduated from Chosun University in the location of another fratricidal tragedy, Gwangju. Then, as a young man, he witnessed the consequences and tragedy of his times, growing up under the military regime.
Song believes that an artist must endlessly approach and contemplate about social issues from an artistic perspective. His inclination, volition, and sense of duty as an artist naturally made him a Minjung artist. He associated with other reality-participative artists, and formed and actively participated as ‘Imsulyeon,’ a Minjung artist group. Song does not turn away from the scars of war, tragedy of fratricide, and the social issues caused by them, rather, he actively embodies them in his work. He contemplates how the power of the government influences society and individuals, through painting about the reality of military regime and the divided nation.