While an artist resume and artist CV may seem similar to many artists, the artist bio is quite a bit different. The biography serves more as a story rather than the credentials. Typically the biography is written in editorial style, rather than the listing format of a CV or resume.
Your bio will be used in various places and many applications and calls for art require differing lengths of artist bios. It’s a good idea to create a short and long version of your biography that you can have on hand for varying submission requirements.
Often times artist biographies are used on “About the Artist” pages on personal websites, social media platforms, cover letters for galleries, press releases and editorials, and call for entry adjudication.
It’s typically a good idea to write you bio in ‘Third Person’, where you refer to yourself as ‘he or she’ instead of ‘me, I, or my’. Know who will be reading your biography and tailor your writing for them. Will they be interested in your upcoming projects or more interested in your historical work? Basic demographics about your reading audience are also helpful such as age, gender, ethnicity, culture, etc.
Get another pair of eyes on your writing. Have a fellow artist review your artist bio and give tips on items that can be excluded or items that should be included based on your artist style and portfolio. Think of this like a portfolio review for a student! It also helps to have a non-artist review the bio for editing mistakes or typos.
You’ll want to write at least two versions of your artist bio (a short form and longer form) as well as revise and add/remove information as your art portfolio and career evolve. For example, on a website artist biography, you have a bit more freedom with length, but for social media platforms and other online systems you may be limited to the amount of data accepted.
We’ve given several tips on items that should be included in your artist bio, but here are a few things you want to avoid in your biography:
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