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  • Canberra, Australia

My artistic practice has been characterized by hollowware and jewelry-based objects making. I employ techniques and strategies to present a series of narrative art pieces that explore how the negotiation with different cultures can be reinterpreted in a visual form through jewelry-based object making. Through practice and research, I have drawn from my childhood memories of traditional Chinese visual culture and the exploration of personal identity through a shifting life experience of living in a variety of multi-cultural environments. My aim was to establish an experimental system that would allow me to explore my practice through object making, but also to express cultural identity through a negotiation of my original culture with other cultures. As a result, these jewelry-based and hollowware-based objects explore precious metals and other materials such as plastic and milk powder. This inquiry locates itself inside the field of jewelry and metalsmithing within the broader sphere of craft, arts and cultures.


Bifei Cao /曹畢飛

A native of China, Bifei Cao graduated with BA degree from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and received his MA degree at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, before receiving an MFA in jewelry and metals program at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania under Lynda LaRoche. He researched at the Jewellery Department of Gerrit Rietveld Academie as exchange student in 2015 and completed a PhD research with topic on Building Contemporary Personal Narrative through Interpretation of Traditional Chinese Visual Culture in the School of Art, the Australian National University at Australia.


2017 PhD, Gold and Silversmithing, Australian National University, AU

Jan. – Jun. 2015 Exchange researcher, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

2011 MFA, Jewelry and Metals, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

2006 MA, Chinese Traditional Metalsmithing, Tsinghua University, CN

2004 BA, Fashion Design: Accessories Making, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, CN


2016 - present Sessional Lecturer, ANU School of Art, Canberra, AU

2016 Visiting Artist (Three days), School for America Crafts, RIT, NY, US

2015 Jun.-Jul. Guest teaching, Jewelry Dep., Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, CN

2013/14 Adjunct Professor at Jewelry Dep., the China Academy of Art, CN

2012 Oct.-Dec. Guest teaching, Jewelry Dep., Shanghai University, CN

2012 Jun.-Aug. Residency Artist and Faculty, Craft Alliance/Grand Center, St. Louis, USA

2012 Feb.-May The first Reinhardt Visiting Artist, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia 2011 May-Dec. Artist Fellow, Head of the Fine Metals Studio, Peters Valley Craft Center


2017   Awkward Position-2017 Cao Bi Fei Exhibition, Two cities gallery, Shanghai, CN

2017   PhD Graduation Exhibition, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, AU

2014   IN BETWEEN---- Bifei Cao Annual PhD research Exhibition

Foyer Gallery, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, AU

2012   Constructed Homeland, Craft Gallery, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, US

2012   Metal-Morphic, the Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Craft Center, US


2017 Simple-Small Art Jewellery Exhibition, Metal Maker, Beijing, CN

Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft (Invitational), the Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Craft Center, US

2016 PIN SIX, ANCA Gallery, Dickson, AU

The Other Mountain-Chinese Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Curated by Norman Cherry, the National Centre of Crafts and Design, Lincolnshire, UK

2015 Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewelry and Metal Art Triennial 2015, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, CN

Florence Jewellery Week, Invited by Lao Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, IT

Extra, Uncut theme, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Studium Generale, Amsterdam, NL

The Jeweler’s Journey: From the Bench to the Body and Beyond (Invitational), the Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Craft Center, US

2014 Bro..och, Bilk Gallery, Manuka, ACT, AU

‘The Future of Now’ International Youth Design Exhibition, BIFT, Beijing, CN

The ENJOIA'T Contemporary Jewelry Award Exhibition, A-FAD Fair, Barcelona, SP

METALLOphone. Personally, (AV17) gallery, Vilnius, LT

Teapots 8! Invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, US

2013 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Grand Center, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, US

Jewelry•Identity, 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennale, Beijing, CN

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