b. 1961, Brazil. Lives and works in Miami
Frida Baranek was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1961. She earned an M.A. in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins in London in 2012 and a B.A. in Architecture at Santa Ursula’s University in Rio de Janeiro (1984).
In 2013, she was a recipient of a mid-career survey “Confrontos” at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. Her sculptural installations have been included at Bienal de São Paulo (1989), Bienalle di Venezia - Aperto (1990), MOMA in New York (1993), Maison d’Amerique Latine (1995), Ludwig Museum in Koblenz (2005), The Frost Art Museum in Miami (2018), in addition to many others. Galeria Raquel Arnaud from São Paulo, has been representing the artist since 1990. Her work is part of many private and public collections, such as Patrícia Phelps de Cisneros in New York; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C.; “Ministere de La Culture, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain”, in France; at The Museums of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and of São Paulo.
In 2018, Frida was nominated by the Frost Art Museum in Miami and The Smithsonian Institute “Women Who Make History”, the 14th Annual Smithsonian Museum Magazine Day. Most recently, Baranek was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculptor Grant.
Both American and Brazilian, Frida has lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, London and New York. Throughout her career, Baranek has defied the resistance of materials to guide their metamorphosis: to build with and against their natural inclination. Her work is the expression of her perceptive faith, where perceiving and imagining are two ways of thinking.