Michael Cavayero is currently a Postdoctoral and Research Fellow at Peking University’s Department of South Asian Studies and Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Art (北京大學佛教典籍與藝術研究中心). He is also an Adjunct Professor of the International College of the China Academy of Art (中國美術學院). Born and raised in New York, NY, Cavayero has lived in China since 2011. His research focuses on the relationship between Buddhism’s dissemination and the early textual history of Chinese painting. Before living in China, he received a B.F.A. from N.Y.U. as part of the University Scholars’ Program under a full-tuition scholarship. Following this, he lived in Kyoto, Japan, under a Freeman-Asia Fulbright scholarship to pursue research at Kyoto-Seika University. Cavayero’s Master’s and Ph.D. degrees were both completed in Mainland China, at the China Academy of Art, in Hangzhou, under an inaugural grant from the “10,000 Bridge-Scholarships” program initiated by the Obama Administration and the Chinese Government. His Ph.D. research focused on the Buddhist origins of key terms found in the Tang dynasty text on painting, Lidai minghua ji《歷代名畫記》. His dissertation titled, “Buddhist Origins of the Terms Xinyuan and Miaowu in Lidai Minghua Ji (Records of Famous Paintings of Successive Dynasties)” [《〈歷代名畫記〉中“心源”與“妙悟”佛教源流研究》] received the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the China Academy of Art and Zhejiang Province. Cavayero has published articles and translations in Xin meishu [New Arts], the Journal of the Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies, and has contributed to translation projects and publications published by Brill, the Shanghai and Suzhou Museums, the Vatican, Peking University and UNESCO among others.