Firelei Báez

New York-based Dominican artist Firelei Báez’s works are at once visually and conceptually powerful. Her pieces— often intricate and colorful, like those in her Temporal Dissonance series—address socio-political issues that are also very personal to Firelei herself. Namely, she explores the problems of identity, especially black, female identity, in the unique context of a culture formed by the colonial experience.

“Caribbean folklore allows for malleability in the creation of the self, but I find my status as an Afro-Latina in the United States static and limiting in comparison. In response, I try to disrupt the current system of social categorization through the creation of characters that refuse definition,” she says. “I use symbolically loaded scenarios to metaphorically illustrate the multiplicities and hypocrisies that make up the current discussion about race and class within popular culture.”

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.

Her work is currently on view at The Studio Museum’s emerging artist exhibition Fore.

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Firelei Báez

Born 1981, Dominican Republic
Lives and works in New York, NY

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.

Her work is currently on view at The Studio Museum’s emerging artist exhibition Fore.

Album 1

Firelei Báez, Temporal Dissonance II, Gouache and ink on paper, 18 inch diameter,Firelei Báez, Temporal Dissonance III, Gouache and ink on paper, 18 inch diameter,Firelei Báez, After an Elegant Gathering in a Secluded Garden, Acrylic and gouache on yupo paper, 72 x 60,Firelei Báez, Temporal Dissonance IV, Gouache and ink on paper, 18 inch diameter,

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