What is Artist Biography?

An artist biography (or ‘artists biog’) is usually a short paragraph about you and your career as a practitioner.

It may also contain a line about the key themes to your practice. Biographies are often confused with other tools used for self promotion like artist CVs and artist statements.  Though presenting similar information, a biography differs from a CV in being only a paragraph written in prose. An artist statement talks about the work and the thinking behind it, while the biography talks only about the person themselves.

The sort of key information in an artists biography might be:

  • Your name
  • The medium you work in
  • A line about the key themes, concerns of your practice.
  • Your showing history
  • Your art related education (degree level onwards)
  • Other interesting information relevant to your practice or career as an artist (e.g. collaborations or arts collectives, other areas or aspects to your career that inform your practice)
  • Where you live and work.

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