BONGSANG CHO is a South Korea-born metalsmith working in the US. He combines traditional techniques of forming metal with new technology to create innovative works that display the contrast between structural forms and the natural beauty of the materials. Cho earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals and Jewelry from Hanyang University in South Korea, and early influences from Korean art and design still resonate in his work. He moved to the US in 2005, where he worked with professor and metal artist Komelia Okim as her assistant at Montgomery College and during summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Additionally, he worked as an assistant to Namu Cho, a well-known jeweler who specializes in creating and using the damascene technique in jewelry.
Cho received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012 from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated numerous exhibitions and competitions such as the Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Craft Show and Sculpture Objects Functional Art Exposition. He has also received multiple NICHE Awards, the MJSA Future of the Industry Award, and the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship Award. In April 2013, Bongsang Cho was interviewed by Martha live Show and the interview was published on the Sirius XM Radio. He was awarded Best of Show at the Washington Craft Show 2014 and Excellence in Contemporary Art Award from the Northern Virginia fine Art Festival in 2013 and 2014.