Patricia Treib was born in 1979 in Saginaw, Michigan, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Treib's paintings are composed around sensuous details, absences, and shifts in perspective. While her work draws on far-ranging references – the outline of a sleeve in a Piero della Francesca fresco, the contours of a 35 mm camera, a cornice, a ribbon – Treib's true subject is the process of looking, through which she discovers new relationships while dismantling what is merely recognisable. The space in between forms become primary motifs, peripheral elements become central presences, shapes suggest calligraphic gestures. She works at an immersive scale - with nearly all her paintings executed in the span of a single day - the same composition serving numerous works, which as a result share a sibling relationship, however differing in their colouring, the subtle inflections of their features, or the expression of their elements.
Treib has participated in residencies at the American Academy in Rome (2017), the Dora Maar House (2014) and The MacDowell Colony (2013). She is a recipient of the 2017 Artadia Award. Treib’s first monograph was published in 2020 and features an essay by the Joanna Fiduccia and an interview conducted by the poet and novelist, Ben Lerner. Solo exhibitions have been held at Bureau, New York, USA, (2020); Kate MacGarry, London UK (2019); Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain (2016); Kate MacGarry, London, UK (2015); and Wallspace, New York, USA, (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Quicktime, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of Arts, Philadelphia (2017) and Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA (2016). Treib's work has been written about in ArtForum, The New Yorker, Art in America, The New York Times and Bomb Magazine. She received an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.