Firelei Báez was born in the Dominican Republic to Dominican and Haitian parents and lives and works in New York. Báez received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union and her M.F.A. from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited in various national and international institutions, including the New Jersey City Museum, El Museo, The Cortona Archeological Museum in Cortona, Italy, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and in the Bronx Artist Biennial, BX1. She participated in Aljira Center for Contemporary Art’s Emerge Program and was a recent resident artist in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has received many prestigious awards including the 2010 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, the Jaque and Natasha Gelman Award in Painting, and the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award (BRIO), among others. Her work, featured in El Museo’s Sixth Biennial The [S] Files/The Street Files, has been reviewed in The New York Times by Holland Cotter.

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