Felipe Baeza

Adjunct Instructor

Working with art as a tool to create political spaces, Felipe Baeza considers how memory, migration and displacement work to create a state of hybridity and fugitivity. Utilizing his own biography to reflect on own personal experiences and to explore the persistent effects of social institutions and cultural practices on the individual. His art practice aims to imagine structures and possibilities for the self-emancipation of the hybrid-fugitive body that lives in/is persistently subjected to hostile conditions. The possibility of self-emancipation is forged by the necessity to survive and thrive, wherein one is force to create new forms and structures which produce liminal spaces of belonging.

Felipe Baeza received a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Yale University. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Baeza currently lives between New York City and New Haven, CT. Ha has completed residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Baeza is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship and The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation Fellowship.

Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness), 2016, ink, collage, and hand embroidery on paper, 3' x 4'
Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness), 2016, ink, collage, and hand embroidery on paper, 3' x 4'


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

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  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.