Firelei Báez was born in the Dominican Republic to Dominican and Haitian parents and lives and works in New York. Báez received her BFA from Cooper Union, and her MFA at 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 (Cortona, Italy), The Caribbean African Diaspora Institute (CCADI) and in the Bronx Artist Biennial, BX1. Her work was recently featured in El Museo's Sixth Biennial,The [S] Files/The Street Files.
She was a recent resident artist in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and participated in Aljira Center for Contemporary Art's Emerge Program. She has received many prestigious awards including The 2010 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, The Jaque and Natasha Gelman Award, and The Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award among others.
Her work has been reviewed in the Art Nexus; Art In America, New American Paintings, The Pittsburg City Paper, The Studio Museum Magazine, The LA Times and The New York Times.
Her work is in the collection of Lucy Liu, El Museo, The TG Riese Collection, and the Peggy Cooper Cafritz collection. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace, where she is working on a new body of work for her upcoming solo exhibition at the Sheppard Gallery in Nevada. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.