Carrie Ann Baade (born 1974 in Louisiana) is an American painter whose work has been described by Curator of Contemporary Art Margaret Winslow as « autobiographical parables combin(ing) fragments of Renaissance and Baroque religious paintings, resulting in surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. » The context and the compositional building blocks of her work are fragments of historical masterpieces, which Baade reinterprets using her original feminist and autobiographical perspective. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Florida State University
Baade was born in New Orleans but spent the majority of her early years in a small town in central Colorado, where she graduated from high school. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with her BFA in 1997. During that period she spent a year in Italy studying the techniques of the old masters at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2003, she earned her MFA from the University of Delaware.
« Carrie Ann Baade is a talented and highly imaginative artist whose work is irrevocably linked to the contemporary surreal movement. » « Baade’s oils often contrast dense, extravagant contemporary and classical symbology with luminescent color, communicating themes of mortality, sexuality, personal transformation, and the darker side of human nature. »