Kye-Yeon Son was born in South Korea and earned a BFA degree in Applied Art in 1979 at Seoul National University, Korea and a MFA in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing in 1984 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.
Son started teaching in l995 full time where she contributed to the development of the current NSCAD jewellery design and metalsmithing program, introducing advanced silversmithing techniques. She has also been invited as a visiting artist for lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.
As a recipient of the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2011, she has exhibited her works in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea. In addition, her work has also garnered numerous awards from multiple organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts; the Metal Arts Guild; NICHE, a leading publication promoting fine craft art and galleries. Since 2000, she has also been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.