Ulrike Rosenbach studied from 1964 to 1970 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Karl Bobek, Norbert Kricke and Joseph Beuys. She completed her state examination and internship as an art teacher and subsequently worked as a student councilor. In 1969 she founded the first group of female artists and was featured in the touring exhibitions "1000 miles from here" and "c. 7,500" organised by the American art theorist Lucy Lippard at the beginning of the 1970s. Rosenbach's first solo exhibition takes place at Galerie Ernst in Hanover in 1972. In 112 Greene Street, a New York meeting place for artists, her first video live performance is shown in 1973. Together with Klaus vom Bruch and Marcel Odenbach, she founded Alternativ TV in Cologne in 1975, a private TV station on which their and other artists' own video productions were broadcasted. Rosenbach went to the US in 1975/76 and taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. In 1976 she returned to Germany and founded the School for Creative Feminism in Cologne, which existed until 1982. She held lectures and had guest professorships at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (1976), the Gesamthochschule Kassel (1979), the Kunstakademie Münster (1982), the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1983) and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (1984). From 1989 to 2007 Rosenbach taught as a professor for New Artistic Media at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken, where she was also the director from 1990 to 1993. Rosenbach was represented at documenta 6 (1977) and 8 (1987) as well as at the Venice Biennale in both 1980 and 1984. In addition, she has taken part in numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad, among them: "Videoshow" (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1974), "IV. Biennale de Paris" (Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1975), "Künstlerinnen international 1877−1977" (New Society for Fine Arts, Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, 1977), "3rd Biennale of Sydney" (1979), "Art Allemagne aujourd'hui" (Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1981), "Videokunst in Deutschland" (Kölnischer Kunstverein, 1982), " von hier aus. Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf" (Hall 13 of Messe Düsseldorf, 1984), "Kunstlandschaft Bundesrepublik" (Hamburg in Hamburg, 1984), "Edge 88" (A.I.R. Gallery, London, 1988), "Künstlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts" (Museum Wiesbaden, 1990), "Made for Arolsen" (Museum Bad Arolsen, 1997), " Neue Stücke der Sammlung" (Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2000), "EXPO 2000" (German Pavilion, Hanover Exhibition Grounds, 2000), "Tableaux Vivants" (Kunsthalle Wien, 2002), "Primera generación. Arte e imagen en movimiento (1963−1986)" (Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2006/07), "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution" (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles/The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Vancouver Art Gallery 2007-2009), "Prague Biennale 4" (2009), "Brustbilder" (Museum Montanelli, Prague, 2009), "Changing Channels. Kunst im Fernsehen. 1963–1987“ (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna, 2010), "Feministische Avantgarde" (The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2016) and "Feministische Avantgarde der 1970er-Jahre" (ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 2017). Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at the Ludwig-Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen (1976, 1986), at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (together with Valie Export, 1980), at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (1983), at the Oldenburger Kunstverein (1989), at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (1989), at the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn (1993), in the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn (1997), in the Staatlichen Museum Schwerin (1999), in the Domus Artium 2002 in Salamanca (2004), in the Kunsthalle Bremen (2005), in the Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken (2007), in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn (2014), in the Pafos Municipal Gallery in Cyprus (2017) and in the Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne (2017). Rosenbach has received art prizes and accolades for her artistic work, including the Prix Ars Electronica (1982), the Gabriele Münter Prize (2004), the Saarland Art Prize (1996) and the North Rhine-Westphalia Women's Art Prize (2011). Rosenbach is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2016.