Firelei Báez

Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, 1981 and lives in New York

Firelei Baez makes large scale, intricate works on paper that are intrinsically indebted to a rigorous studio practice. Through a convergence of interest in anthropology, science fiction, black female subjectivity and women’s work; her art explores the humor and fantasy involved in self-making within diasporic societies, which have an ability to live with cultural ambiguities and use them to build psychological and even metaphysical defenses against cultural invasions.
She received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union’s School of Art in 2004, participated in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008, and later received an M.F.A. from Hunter College in 2010. She has held residencies at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, The Lower East Side Print Shop and The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace.
Baez’s work has been written about in The New York Times, The LA Times, Artforum, Art in America, New American Paintings, The Huffington Post and Studio Museum Magazine. Her work will be featured in the upcoming Phaidon drawing anthology Vitamin D2.
She was a recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award as well as the Jaque and Natasha Gelman Award in Painting.

Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art
The exhibition highlights artists whose works embody the possibilities and complexities of our contemporary moment, showcasing a wide range of practices and thematics, including abstraction, representation, politics, spirituality, and race. Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority.
07 Nov 2021 - 06 Feb 2022
Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Firelei Báez: Bloodlines
Tracing the history of social movements in the Unites States and the Caribbean, Bloodlines presents...
15 Oct 2015 - 16 Mar 2016
Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Lifting the Veil
rosenfeld porcini presents its sixth themed exhibition “Lifting the Veil”, the show intends to look...
08 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016
Rosenfeld Porcini
Women Painting at MDC
The exhibition curated by Girls’ Club Collections curators Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg...
18 May 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
MDC Kendall Campus
An Opera for Animals
“An Opera for Animals” explores the highly contrived and controlled environment under the...
23 Mar 2019 - 09 Jun 2019
Para Site
Hong Kong
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