Winner of the 2018 AJF Artist Award and juror for the 2020 Young Artist Award
Bifei Cao attended Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, majoring in fashion design and sculptural metals; he then studied jewelry and metalsmithing, receiving an MFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Australian National University.
In 2018—the year he won the 2018 AJF Artist Award—Cao was the artist in residence at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, under the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange. He’s now an associate professor in the School of Art and Design at Guangdong University of Technology, in Guangzhou, China.
Having spent so long studying outside his native China, Cao has described himself as consistently inspired by cultures.
In a globalized and multicultural society, cultural identity shifts to a hybrid situation and waits for reconstruction through complicated negotiations between one’s original cultural background and references from other cultures,” he says.
“Jewelry can be worn as an individual or identity card,” says Cao. “As a transportable object, jewelry imbues personal cultural identity and narrative meanings. Jewelry also brings a triangular dialogue among the maker, wearer, and audience.
Applications for the
2020 Young Artist Award, which has a prize of
$7,500, are open to jewelry artists through January 12, 2020. Find the