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Felipe Baeza

Visual Artist

Brooklyn, NY

Instagram @felipebaeza

Using printmaking and collage techniques, I create paintings that help me pursue a radical imagination to enact practices of freedom. I render figures that are in a state of becoming something else, they’re not fixed, they’re free and limitless. The figures in my works are always transforming and adapting to new settings in order to survive and thrive. All of this helps me further explore issues around gender, sexuality, legality, and state-imposed boundaries.

Felipe Baeza (he/they; b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico) works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Baeza’s practice is equal parts confrontation of violent pasts and a tribute to people whose sense of personhood is constantly litigated and defined by those in power. His figures created over densely layered paintings appear in different states of becoming and at times are even abstracted to the point of invisibility. Baeza’s recent group exhibitions include The Milk of Dreams, 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2022); Prospect 5. New Orleans: Yesterday We Said Tomorrow, New Orleans (2021); and Desert X, Palm Springs (2020). Baeza’s recent solo exhibitions include Made Into Being, Fortnight Institute, New York (2022); Unruly Suspension, Maureen Paley, London (2021); and Through the Flesh to Elsewhere, the Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2020). Baeza’s works are in the public collections of Columbus Museum of Art, LACMA, Moderna Museet, and San Jose Museum of Art. Baeza is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptures grant and completed residencies at NXTHVN and the Getty Research Institute. Baeza received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale.

Selected Works

A figure with a dark substance pouring from their mouth and accumulating on the ground has long arms twisting toward a sun.
A figure with outstretched arms and amorphous, net-like body looms over a nude figure who is suspended, prone in mid-air.
A figure is enclosed within a pink mandorla with jagged spikes emerging from it. At the bottom of the mandorla, two arms emerge and the figure stands on a form resembling a mouth.