Kyoung Ae Cho was born in Onyang, South Korea. She got her BFA from Duksung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea in 1986, and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA in 1991.
Kyoung Ae has shown her work extensively in national and international venues including Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Morri Museum, Morristown, NJ; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; INOVA, UW-Milwaukee; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; The Gallery at Montalvo, Saratoga, CA; South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla, WA; Clemson University Gallery, Clemson, SC; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL; Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, IL; Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH; Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison, WI; Braunstein / Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA; Nederlands Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands; American Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan; Daegu Cultural Art Center, Dae Gu, South Korea; Goddard Gallery, Sedalia, MO; Art Gallery, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI; Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI; University of Minnesota - Minneapolis Gallery, MN; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard, CA; Dong-Band Plaza Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; National Museum of Modern Art, Kwachon, Korea, just to name a few.
She is the recipient of 2006 Wisconsin Arts Board Award Fellowship, 2004 UWM Foundation and Graduate School Research Award, the Lillian Elliott Award 1997, 1995 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Award of Excellence from the Quilt National 1997.
She has taught at Kansas City Art Institute, Cranbrook- Kingswood School, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and was a visiting artist throughout the country including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Tyler School of Art, Seoul National University (South Korea), Chungang University (South Korea), Duksung Women's University (South Korea), The Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit, and currently is a professor at Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Nature has been conducting continuous experiments into processes, and has been doing it for millions of years. The environment has been metamorphosing its materials, to form new existence, in an ever-changing society. My investigation into environmental processing is to explore an understanding of nature's rhythm in our culture and how we as people interact with it as well. Everyday we hear of tragedies that happen upon our earth and these tragedies bring forth the loss of living elements. With growing concern in environmental issues, the understanding of nature's rhythm and the recycling of materials have become more important and this has peaked my thoughts in how I work. I respectfully approach this environmental processing by incorporating recycled matter as well as low-valued materials mostly which I have gathered. Gathering and collecting objects / materials are very important parts of my work process. Because I believe my works are the outcome of the collaboration between those objects / materials and I, and that collaboration starts from that moment. In the process I examine nature to understand its language through shape, pattern, color, texture, scale and its changes. My works are produced as a result of conversation between nature and I. Through this process, I want to have my work carry the beauty and the power that I see and feel in nature.