Angela Cavalieri was born in Melbourne into an Italian family. Cavalieri’s inspiration for her art derives from her migrant family background, Italian being her first language.
After repeating a year of school especially so she could study art, Cavalieri studied printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Since 1984, she has exhibited in solo exhibitions at various venues including Gallery 101, Christine Abrahams, Syme Dodson, Smyrnios Gallery and Artspace Mackay. ‘Racconto’, a significant retrospective exhibition, was held at ICON, Deakin University Art Museum in 2007.
Cavalieri explores the art of writing in visual form. In her large scale hand-cut lino prints, literary, religious and historical narratives eventually manifest as image. Sources for the text in her work include poetry, religious epitaphs and inscriptions on public buildings.
Cavalieri has been awarded several prizes including the Geelong Print Prize Acquisitive Award, 2009, the Silk Cut Print Award, 2000 and the Shell Fremantle Print Award, 1999.
Cavalieri has undertaken several artist residencies. She received an Australia Council Overseas Development Grant for Barcelona, in mid 2010.