Firelei Báez, ‘Untitled, From the Cuguapa Series’, 2013, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Artist Firelei Báez creates large-scale works on paper that navigate through the construction of identity. With a sharp color palette, Báez draws from personal experience as well as her Caribbean background to produce striking studies of racial issues in our contemporary environment. Báez’s work has been exhibited at the Perez Art Museum Miami; the New Orleans Biennial; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica.

About Firelei Báez

New York-based artist Firelei Báez investigates issues of identity construction in her paintings, collages, and drawings. Whether geographical or cultural, selfhood for Báez is malleable, and she uses art to articulate a complex formulation of her Caribbean background. Báez’s visually striking work serves as a defense against culturally predetermined ethnic stereotypes and an attempt to unite communities dispersed across the globe. The artist uses humor and the imagination to create alternate environments in which cultures, disparate or alike, can commune.

Dominican, b. 1981, Dominican Republic, based in New York, NY, United States