Dr. Bifei Cao (???) is a maker and educator who lives both in the United States and China. A native of China, he has been living in the United States and Australia for over ten years, holding a permanent status of Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the United States. Cao received an MFA degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania under Lynda LaRoche and a Ph.D. in research from the ANU School of Art, Australia. By utilizing traditional Chinese crafts and its related philosophies, he creates jewelry-based objects and hollowware that reflect his personal life experience and an approach of bringing traditional techniques into contemporary life. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including nine solo exhibitions at Australia, the United States, New Zealand and China. he has received the 2018 AJF Artist Award from Art Jewelry Forum with serving as one of three juries for the 2020 AJF Young Artist Award. He has worked as residency artists at the Peters Valley School of Craft, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Craft Alliance in the United States and the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange in the New Zealand. He also worked as a visiting professor or artist that taught contemporary jewelry and metals at universities both nationally and internally. He is currently working as an associate professor in the School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology, China.

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