The Artist's Biography
What is an Artist's Biography?
The artist's biography (or bio) relates to the wider context of your life in general.
An artist's biography contains enough information for people to be able to relate to you as an individual. However a biography is not a resume - nor should it read like one.
It is NEVER long-winded or boring!
KEY QUESTION: What do you want to say about yourself which is NOT contained in your artist statement or resume.
How to tackle your bio online
...and what does it contain?
So, for example, it will contain such information as:
about the art - in brief
How to write an Artist's Biography - for Artists
You should be able to get a biography onto one side of A4
On your website limit your Artist’s Biography to approximately 250 words or less.
Some alternative perspectives on how to write a biography if you are a creative person
How to write an Artist's Biography - for galleries
The place you are most likely to see a biography is either on a website or at a gallery or in an exhibition catalogue.
That means a gallery is going to:
A Gallery Bio needs to:
The profile should be between 80 and 140 words. The ideal bio is ~120 words, though a tightly written 80-word bio is preferable to a longer bio that includes repetition and filler sentences
REFERENCE - THE GALLERY PERSPECTIVE
Biographies of Famous Artists
- ever wondered what the biography of a famous artist looks like?
The biographies of famous artists have typically been put together by managers, agents or galleries. Notwithstanding that, take a peek!
You can get away with this only if you are Vasari and the painter you are talking about is Raphael!
THE liberality with which Heaven now and again unites in one person the inexhaustible riches of its treasures and all those graces and rare gifts which are usually shared among many over a long period is seen in Raphael Sanzio of Urbino, who was as excellent as gracious, and endowed with a natural modesty and goodness sometimes seen in those who possess to an unusual degree a humane and gentle nature adorned with affability and good-fellowship, and he always showed himself sweet and pleasant with persons of every degree and in all circumstances.