Frida Baranek was born in Rio de Janeiro and has lived and worked in São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, New York and London, where she currently lives.

She studied Architecture at Santa Úrsula University, in Rio de Janeiro, and has a Master's degree in industrial Design at Saint Martins’ School of Design, in London.

Between 1978 and 1983 she worked at the Museu de Arte Moderna and at Escola de Artes Visuais in Rio de Janeiro. She spent a year in New York, in 1985, studying at Parsons School of Design. H

er works were presented in major international exhibitions, such as 20ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1989); 49ª Bienal de Veneza (1990); “Metropolis International Art Exhibition”, in Berlin (1991); “Ultramodern: The Art of Contemporary Brasil”, at Fundação Gulbenkian (Lisbon, 1993), and “Discover Brazil”, at Ludwig Museum (Cologne, 2005). Her works are part of the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington), LEF Foundation (San Francisco), Washington University Art Museum (St. Louis) and Loumeier Foundation (St. Louis), all in the Unites states, as well as of the Ministère de la Culture et Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (France), Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum (South Korea) and of the Modern Art Museums in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In 2009, he held a solo exhibition “Exteriores” and in 2010 he was part of the collective exhibition “Grandes artistas, grandes formatos”, at the Galeria Raquel Arnaud, which represents her since 1990.

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The observation of the moulds’ textures of the pineapple and banana leaves inspired me to use them as a "second skin". "Xina" (from the Portuguese “abacaxi” - pineapple - and “banana”), are symbiotic plates: a contemporary interpretation of tropical fruits and leaves, a constant presence in the history of Bordallo Pinheiro.