Yael Brotman was born in Israel and grew up in Winnipeg. She currently lives and works in Toronto. Her practice includes drawing, painting and printmaking. Brotman has exhibited in public galleries across Canada (from St. John's NF to Dawson City YK), as well as at commercial galleries and artist-run centres. Her work has been reviewed in newspapers and magazines.
Brotman has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In May 2009 Brotman exhibited, lectured, traveled and did a residency in China. She received an International Touring and Residency Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections.