Pat Passlof was born in Brunswick, Georgia in 1928 and she grew up in New York City attending Queens College. In the summer of 1948, she studied painting with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. She also studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art. De Kooning introduced Passlof to Milton Resnick; they began to live together in the 1950s and married in 1962. Passlof was influenced by both de Kooning and Gorky. She lived and worked in the Lower East Side. Passlof was the subject of a solo exhibition at the famed Green Gallery in 1961. In the 1960s and 70s she also showed at Globe Gallery and Landmark Gallery. Passlof was an integral member of the New York art scene for over six decades. Her work can be found in the collections of MoMA, Corcoran Collection, Cranbrook Academy Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Roswell Museum, and Black Mountain College Art Museum.