Rosalie Lam was born in Vietnam, in the ethnically Chinese city of Cholon. There, she received eight years of training in classical French painting. She moved to Canada, graduated with a degree in Architecture from McGill University, and has been involved in numerous community art groups. She studied for two years at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and for two years at the Sangeet Shyamala Centre in New Delhi. She has exhibited her work in Canada, China and India. Rosalie Lam lives and paints in Toronto.