Frida Baranek is a Miami based sculptor, who 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 in 1984.
Baranek comes from the first generation to view the world globally, open to moving from one place to the next. Both American and Brazilian, Frida has lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, London and New York. Her work is an expression of an industrial society, influenced by a sense of transformation, displacement, and adaptation. As part of the Geração 80, her work is influenced by artists like Ligia Clarke, Lygia Pape, Cildo Meireles, and Tunga. The memory and epigenetics accumulated from being the daughter of a holocaust survivor is shown by the detachment and instability in her work, observed through the new relationships she creates between materials.
In 2013, she was a recipient of a mid-career survey “Confrontos” at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has 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 (2018), in addition to many others.
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. Most recently, in 2019, Frida has been awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculptor Grant.