Brenda Goodman was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1943. She studied at the College for Creative Studies and was associated with the Cass Corridor, a group of young Detroit artists that received national attention through an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Kick Out the Jams, in 1980. After a number of successful shows in Detroit, she moved in 1976 to the Bowery in New York City and was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1979. Since 1973, she has had 35 one-person shows and has been included in over 200 group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including Edward Thorp Gallery, Nielsen Gallery, John Davis Gallery, and Pamela Auchincloss Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including Art in America, New Yorker, Brooklyn Rail, Detroit Free Press, and Huffington Postand is included in a number of collections such as Agnus Gund, Santa Barbara Museum, and Detroit Institute of the Arts. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2015, she was included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters annual invitational and received an Award in Art. A retrospect of her work was shown at the College for Creative Studies Galleries in October 2015 along with a retrospect of her paper pieces at Paul Katula Gallery. Since 2009, she has lived and worked in the Catskill Mountains. She is now represented by Life on Mars Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.