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.

Solo Exhibitions


Firelei Báez, upcoming exhibition, ICA/Boston Watershed Commission, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA


Firelei Báez, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Institute of Contemporary Art Watershed Artist

Firelei Báez, Mennellow Museum of American Art , Orlando, FL

A Drexcyen Chronocommons (To win the war you fought it sideways), James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Firelei Báez, Witte de With Center for Contremporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Joy Out of Fire, The Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, NY

Firelei Báez, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

Firelei Báez, Kavi Gupta | Washington, Chicago, IL

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines, the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA

Vessel of Genealogies, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Vessel of Genealogies, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Unpacking Hispanola, with Scherezade Garcia (two person show), Taller Puertorriqueno, Philadelphia, PA

Trust Memory Over History, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines, Perez Art Museum of Miami, curated by María Elena Ortiz, Miami, FL

Firelei Báez: Patterns of Resistance, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

Appendix to a Memory Table, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Not Even Unalterable Limitations, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Psycho*Pomp, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV

Select Group Exhibitions


i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA

Artes Mundi 9, National Museum Cardiff, Wales

Mending The Sky, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, Tan Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

South East North West: New Works from the collection, San Jose Museum of Art, CA

Commonwealth, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Philadelphia Contemporary, PA

Contemporary Art + Design: New Acquisitions, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation, Montreal, Canada, Curator Cheryl Sim

50 Artists: Art on the Grid, Public Art Fund, New York, NY

A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism, curated by Juana Williams, Urban Institute for Contemproary Arts, MI

Countermythologies, NXTHVN, New Haven, CT

Applied with Power: African and Africa Diaspora art from the Jorge M. Perez Collection, Perez Art Museum Miami, FL

Pine’s Eye, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Utopian Imagination, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY

Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti, Colombus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

Every Day: Selections from the Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

EMBODY, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY

En Plein Air, The High Line, New York, NY

An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong; traveled to Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

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


Parallel Lives, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, 21 C Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY

The Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Postcard from New York- Part II, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Black Pulp!, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA

Engender, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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