Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to write an Artist Biography

When asked for an Artist Bio or Biography, too often Artists provide an 'Artist Statement'. Aspects about an artist statement can be a sentence or two in your artist bio to describe your artwork, medium, style and/or inspiration but an artist bio is basically a written paragraph of your CV. It should be written in third person. It should be 5-7 sentences or 100-150 words. Include dates if necessary.

What to include in your artist bio:
  • name and location, type of Artist
  • qualifications/education/training/volunteer experience
  • arts practice experience
  • exhibition history
  • awards/publications
Example:
Chrissy Dwyer is a contemporary Acrylic Painter living in Brisbane Australia. She is a qualified Visual Arts Teacher with a Graduate Diploma of Education and currently works in an Arts Organisation. She completed her Bachelor of Creative Industries in 2009 and Diploma of Visual Arts in 2007. During this time of study she volunteered on an Artist-run-initiative, Cell Arts Space, and arts organisation, Arts Nexus. Chrissy has received a grant for a solo exhibition and she exhibits frequently in group exhibitions and competitions. Dwyer has had a few demonstration and feature articles published in Artist Palette and Australian Artist Magazine.
                                                                                                                                                  (100 words)

Be vague but detailed at the same time. I have deliberately kept some information general for privacy reasons on the net.

Think about your audience for this bio, you may have to tweak it. Is it an Artist Bio for a gallery or as a member on a committee? Is it an Artist Bio for a job or university presentation? Your audience will determine what should be included.