ART BUSINESS GUIDES

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST BIOGRAPHY



5th August 2021 | Image Curators Advisory
Artist Biography, Artist Statement, CV: Are They All The Same?
We have seen many artists confusing these three different but equally important tools for promoting your artistic practice. In this article, we will focus on the artist's biography and explain how it is different from the artist's statement and CV, why it is essential, and show you the important elements you need to include while writing your biography.
Difference Between An Artist Biography And CV
Confusing an artist biography and a CV is a widespread mistake. The easiest way to better understand the difference is to imagine that you are applying for a job and to think of your biography as a cover letter that accompanies your CV.

A CV (or resume for our American readers) is concise and written in a listing format. It is a list of the essential information about your career (education, exhibitions, awards, publications). On the other hand, the biography is written in editorial style and allows you more liberty in terms of the type of information you can include and expand upon.


What Do You Need To Keep In Mind When Writing Your Artist Biography?
First of all, an artist biography must be written in the third person as if it is someone else that is presenting you.
An artist biography needs to talk about your history and how your life events have influenced your art. The biography needs to contain - if not all - the majority of the following points, in this order:


1
Your name, year, and place of birth (city and country).
2
Education (where have you graduated from, if it’s a relevant art degree. You can also include a non-relevant degree if this has helped you and shaped your artistic practice).
3
The medium/s you work in (including surfaces, i.e., canvas, paper, etc.)
4
A few lines about your themes, artistic research, and source of inspiration (mentioning other artists that influenced you helps contextualising your work and makes it more professional).
5
Other relevant information about your career, including the most important projects, collaborations, and exhibitions.
6
Where you currently live and work.
Final Considerations
As for any written content, you need to make sure that you have included the most relevant and important information about yourself. Remember that this is a presentational piece and that after viewing your art, your biography will be the next second thing that people will check. Keep it relevant and up to date with where you currently are in your artistic journey.

Need More Help?
If you still have any doubts or need more help with carving the best biography that draws attention and impresses your fans and potential collectors and curators, don't worry. We are here to assist you with our bespoke artist biography writing service. Get in touch with us and book your first consultation to discuss your needs!