Sabine Tress was born in 1968 in Ulm, Germany. She studied painting at the École Nationale Supérieaure des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the supervision of Jan Voss, Vincent Bioulès and Pierre Matthey. Afterwards she successfully completed the Diplôme Supérieur des Arts Plastiques, also at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She lives and works in Cologne.