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Katja Seib


Katja Seib — Born 1989, Dusseldorf, Germany. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London; Dependance, Brussels; and Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles.


Working figuratively, Katja Seib paints directly onto canvases of raw hessian fabric using photographs on her phone. Through a combination of technologically-mediated imagery, a fascination with surface pattern and texture, and a self-conscious glance back to the histories of her medium, Seib creates works that are simultaneously familiar and strange, combining a subtle interplay of texture and image with deft brushwork and a meticulous attention to detail.


Celebrating the genre of portraiture and nude painting, Katja Seib creatively liberates her motifs from the directly figurative. The psychological immediacy of her bizarre concepts are haunting and her dreamlike visual explorations of female sexuality and subjectivity are difficult to forget. 


Seib graduated from Dusseldorf Kunstakademie with an MFA in painting in early 2016, where she studied as a ‘Meisterschuler’ under Tomma Abts. Recent exhibitions include: Happy Endings Don’t Bore Me, dependance, Brussels; Chasing Rabbits, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles; Dear Diary, Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Made in L.A. 2020: a version, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Bad Girls 2021 - Featured Work

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Katja SEIB

Girl with lavender and blue ribbon, 2021

oil and acrylic on canvas

20.5 x 20.4 cm - 8.1 x 8.1 inches


Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ. 

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