Inferno / Baoyi Cao

At the edge of chaos

An online exhibition curated by the Arts Management Master Course of IED – Istituto Europeo di Design di Firenze,

in collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Manifattura Tabacchi



Baoyi Cao

In order for me to convey the idea of complex systems, I used various figures to create a triptych. The body of work expresses neither an end or a beginning with the intertwined figures on the four sheets of Bristol paper. I am working with the relationship between negative and positive space – this is a complex system of how human bodies interact with each other. I took inspiration from the written works of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, frescos The Chamber of the Giants by Giulio Romano (1532-1534 at Palazzo Te, Mantua), and illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Sandro Botticelli.


Baoyi Cao

Baoyi Cao is majoring in Bachelor in Fine Arts: Drawing and Painting. She is currently attending California State University, representing the International Program in Firenze. The majority of her artworks focus on bringing various figures to life with dynamic line qualities. She was born in Guangzhou, China and immigrated with her family to California, United States. From there, she would continue to move one city to another due to family, causing her art to evolve alongside her travels.