Firelei Baez

Firelei Báez(°1980, Santiago de los Caballeros)was born in Santiago de los Caballeros and lives and works in New York. She makes intricate works on paper and canvas that are intrinsically indebted to a rigorous studio practice as well as large scale sculpture. 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.
Báez received an M.F.A. from Hunter College and a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union’s School of Art and studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.



Contemporary Art Center, ‘Firelei Báez’, Ohio, USA


The Andy Warhol Museum, ‘Firelei Báez: Bloodlines’, Pennsylvania, USA

DePaul Art Museum, ‘Vessel of Genealogies’, Illinois, USA


Tarble Arts Center, ‘Vessel of Genealogies’, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois, USA

Taller Puertorriqueno, ‘Unpacking Hispanola, with Scherezade Garcia (two person show)’, Pennsylvania, USA

Gallery Wendi Norris, ‘Trust Memory Over History’, California, USA


Perez Art Museum of Miami, ‘Firelei Báez: Bloodlines curated by María Elena Ortiz’, Florida, USA

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Firelei Báez: Patterns of Resistance’, Utah, USA


Richard Heller Gallery, ‘Appendix to a Memory Table’, California, USA


Richard Heller Gallery, ‘Not Even Unalterable Limitations’, California, USA

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, ‘Psycho*Pomp’, Nevada, USA


The Bronx Museum of the Arts, ‘Love Thy Neighbor, Firelei Báez, Ignacio González-Lang, Irvin Morazan’, New York, USA

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

Museum of Latin American Art, ‘Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time:LA>LA’ , California, USA


Pi Artworks, ‘American Histories’, London, United Kingdom

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, ‘Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life’, Georgia, USA

Jack Shainman Gallery, ‘For Freedoms’, New York, USA

32 Edgewood Gallery, ‘Black Pulp!’, Yale University School of Art, Connecticut, USA

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, ‘Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné’, Hamilton College, New York, USA

Kings Theater, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, ‘Diaspora Calling’, New York, USA


The 8th floor, ‘Between History and the Body’, New York, USA

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

The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Concealed: Selections from The Permanent Collection’, New York, USA


New Orleans Biennial, Curated by Franklyn Sirmans, ‘Prospect 3 U.S. Biennial, Notes for Now’,Los Angeles, USA

The Drawing Center, ‘Small, drawing exhibition curated by Claire Gilman’, New York, USA

Pérez Art Museum Miami, ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, curated by Elvis Fuentes’, Florida, USA

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

Hudson D. Walker Gallery, ‘Firelei Báez: Fine Arts Work Center Solo Exhibition’, Massachusetts, USA

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


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

McClain Gallery, ‘More Than A Likeness’, Texas, USA

Bronx Museum, ‘The Bronx Museum AIM Biennial’, New York, USA

Mixed Greens, ‘Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process’, New York, USA

Elizabeth Foundation, ‘Emo Show’, New York, USA

Wave Hill, ‘Drawn to Nature, curated by Jennifer McGrego’, New York, USA

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


The IMC Lab + Gallery, ‘Harbingers & Psychopomps’, New York, USA

Morgan Lehman Gallery, ‘Contemporary Watercolor, curated by Veronica Roberts’, New York, USA

Honor Fraser Gallery, ‘ACIREMA, Curated by Cesar Garcia’, Los Angeles, USA

White Box, ‘Body Snatchers, Curated by Raul Zamudio’, New York, USA

EFA Project Space, ‘Cultural Transference, Curated by Sara Reissman’, New York, USA

Casita Maria Center, ‘Restrictions, Limitations, Confinements’, New York, USA


The New Museum, ‘Museum As a Hub: Alpha’s Bet is Not Over Yet’, New York, USA

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

The United Nations, ‘The African Continuum’, New York, USA

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

Middlesex Art Gallery, ‘Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Curated by Tatiana Flores’, New Jersey, USA

IMC Lab + Gallery, ‘Elastic Identity’, New York, USA

Nina Chanel Abney Studio, ‘Paperwork, curated by Nina Chanel Abney’, New York, USA

Recess Space, ‘Edouard Glissant: Inhabit his Name, Be Black Baby’, New York, USA


New Jersey City Museum, ‘Hair Tactics Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado’, New Jersey, USA

Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, ‘This elusive mirror image of matter’, New York, USA

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

Irvine Contemporary, ‘Introductions6’, Washington, D.C., USA

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

East Hampton, ‘Lush, Art Solar’, New York, USA

Kresge Gallery, ‘Boundless Discourse’, Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, ‘Wearing Spirit’, New York, USA

Vaudeville Park, ‘Dance Ghost’, New York, USA


  • Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican, 1980


  • Lives and works in New York