How to write an Artist Biography

Your artist biography is your story as an artist.
It is a necessity for anyone who wishes to connect with a wider audience.

Write in the 3rd person

Write your biography in the 3rd person. It will have more influence if people think it is written by someone else.

Write about now

It should be about what you are doing in the now, in relation to your art practice. Avoid making it about your life story.

Find your point of difference and run with it

Find a positive attribute about you that may be different to everyone else and highlight that.

Common themes

Do you have common themes in your work? Highlight them.

Influences

Make a list of the artists that you love or anything that has influenced your art practice. Express what you like about them and how they have influenced you. Naming names will create ties with likeminded followers.

Include quotes

Quote others or quote yourself using the 1st person.

Keep your bio short

Try to keep your bio to less than 250 words or one page. It is sometimes a good idea to have a few versions of varying lengths for different applications.

Picture

Include a good quality up to date image of yourself.

Additional details to include
  • Where you live and where you are from
  • Art education
  • Press, TV or radio coverage
  • List of exhibitions, awards, achievements and art collections
Things to consider
  • Keep it simple
  • Write short, enlightening paragraphs in everyday english
  • Make use of headings, subheading and bold text
  • Use lists and bullet points
  • Keep it succinct – don’t waffle!
  • Keep your bio up to date
Final checks

Ask a friend to read over it and give you honest feedback.

Make sure that your bio is proofread and is typo and error free.

Common uses for an Artist Biography
  • On a website
  • Social media profiles, e.g. Facebook
  • Online newsletters
  • Press releases
  • Print media, such as an exhibition catalogue, printed greeting cards or art prints
  • Grant applications and professional association applications

 

 

Biographies grasp the exteriors of lives and give what account they can of their interiors.
Guy Davenport

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