Firelei Báez

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b. 1980 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic | Lives and works in New York

Dominican-American artist Firelei Báez, whose monumental installation at the 10th Berlin Biennial and concurrent solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem continue to receive international acclaim, is interested in how culture and identity are shaped by inher-ited histories. Her work reveals the incom-plete nature of our communal stories, con-structing more egalitarian social narratives, so a more equitable future might emerge.

 

Portraiture is a key aspect of Báez’s work. She sees the human body as the most direct link between artist, viewer, and subject. Across the mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing and installation, she layers strong, confident, imaginative portraits of Afrodiasporic figures over physical and conceptual echoes of the past. In her portraits, aspects of her personal identity are evident, revealing the intense personal connection Báez feels to the stories she is telling.

Select Group Exhibitions

2019

Coffee, Rum, Sugar, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

2018

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany 

2017
Love Thy Neighbor, Firelei Báez, Ignacio González-Lang, Irvin Morazan, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

 

Future Generations Art Prize, PinchukArtCenter, Kiev Ukraine; traveling to Viva Arte Viva, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time:LA>LA, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2016
American Histories, Pi Artworks, London, United Kingdom
Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

 

For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Black Pulp!, 32 Edgewood Gallery, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

 

Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

 

Diaspora Calling, Kings Theater, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Between History and the Body, The 8th floor, New York, NY

 

A Curious Blindness, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Concealed: Selections from The Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2014
Prospect 3 U.S. Biennial, Notes for Now, New Orleans Biennial, Curated by Franklyn Sirmans, New Orleans, LA

 

Small, drawing exhibition curated by Claire Gilman, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

 

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, curated by Elvis Fuentes at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

 

I Scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New School, New York, NY

 

Firelei Báez: Fine Arts Work Center Solo Exhibition, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

 

Context and Counteractions: Selected Works by the 2013-2014, FAWC Visual Art Fellows, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

2013
Fore, Studio Museum’s upcoming fourth emerging artist exhibition, curated by Naima Keith, Thomas Lax and Lauren Hayes, New York, NY

 

More Than A Likeness , McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

 

The Bronx Museum AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

 

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process, Mixed Greens, New York, NY

 

Emo Show, Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY

 

Drawn to Nature, curated by Jennifer McGregor at Wave Hill, New York, NY

 

Corporeal Contours: Works by Firelei Baez and Andrea Chung, curated by Jillian Narkornthap at Community Folk Art Center, New York, NY

2012
Harbingers & Psychopomps, The IMC Lab + Gallery, New York, NY

 

Contemporary Watercolor, curated by Veronica Roberts, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

 

ACIREMA, Curated by Cesar Garcia at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Body Snatchers, Curated by Raul Zamudio, White Box, New York, NY

 

Cultural Transference, Curated by Sara Reissman, EFA Project Space, New York, NY

 

Restrictions, Limitations, Confinements, Casita Maria Center, Bronx, NY

2011
Museum As a Hub: Alpha’s Bet is Not Over Yet, at the New Museum, New York, NY

 

The S/ Files, El Museo’s 6th Biennial, at El Museo, Curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella and Elvis Fuentes, New York, NY

 

The African Continuum, at the United Nations, New York, NY

 

Afro-Latin@s Now! Strategies for Visibility and Action, Graduate Center CUNY, New York, NY

 

Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Curated by Tatiana Flores, Middlesex Art Gallery, Middlesex, NJ
Elastic Identity, at IMC Lab + Gallery, New York, NY

 

Paperwork, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, New York, NY

 

Edouard Glissant: Inhabit his Name, Be Black Baby at Recess Space, New York, NY

2010
Hair Tactics, New Jersey City Museum, Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City, NJ

 

This elusive mirror image of matter, (solo exhibition) Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY

 

Thinking Performance at the Guggenheim, Performed in Joan Jonas’- Mirror Piece I: Reconfigured, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

 

Introductions6, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC

 

Around the Way, curated by El Museo del Barrio, Macy’s, New York, NY

 

Lush, Art Solar, East Hampton, New York, NY

 

Boundless Discourse, Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, Ramapo, NJ

 

Wearing Spirit, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY

 

Dance Ghost, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY

Firelei Báez at the School of Visual Arts

 

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Firelei Báez — Firelei Báez - Visiting Artists and Scholars, San Fransisco Art Institute
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Firelei Báez’s large-scale works on paper visualize mythical feminine creatures, imagining the man-eating Ciguapa and other figures through oozing, faceless contortions and dissolving silhouettes. Out of a convergence of science fiction, anthropology, and diasporic identity formation, her works brim with intense humor, formal rigor, and audacious fantasies of resistance. Báez is the recipient of the 2016 Chiaro Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, will present her exhibition Trust Memory over History in the spring of 2016.

Presented in partnership with Headlands Center for the Arts.

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Firelei Báez — Art Talk: Firelei Báez in Conversation with María Elena Ortiz, Pérez Art Museum Miami
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In conjunction with her Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) exhibition, “Bloodlines,” Firelei Báez discussed her work with PAMM Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz.

“Bloodlines” explores issues of black culture, Afro-Caribbean folklore and the complexities of diasporic experiences.

Art Talk: Firelei Báez in Conversation with María Elena Ortiz was held at Pérez Art Museum Miami on October 15, 2015.

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