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 prmiary 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), The MacDowell Colony (2013), and is a recipient of the 2017 Artadia Award. Treib’s first monograph has recently been published and features an essay by the Joanna Fiduccia and an interview conducted by the poet and novelist, Ben Lerner.