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What to Include in Your Artist Biography

For Light Space & Time art competitions, we ask artists to include a brief artist’s biography.  This information is important as it helps us to understand and interpret the artist’s submission.

We receive biographies that range from one sentence to two or three pages!  We encourage artists to keep their biographies between 250 to 500 words.  If an artist writes more than this, they take the chance that their biography will not be read by anyone!  (Longer biographies if asked for can be provided). 

Include the following information in your artist biography:

  • Where you born and where did you live after that?
  • Where are you currently based?
  • What has been your artistic inspiration? Why?
  • What is your favorite medium? Do you use any special techniques?
  • Did you have formal art education or were you self-taught?
  • What art exhibitions have you been a part of?
  • Is your work in any collections?
  • Name any art organizations to which you belong.

An artist should periodically review and update their artist biography to keep it fresh and up-to-date.  The updated biography should replace older copies on any art websites or art forums where it has been posted or where you show your artwork.

A new artist’s biography is expected to be brief.  Use what you can from the list given above and flesh it out as you become a more seasoned creative.   Whatever your level of experience, you should make sure that your bio is concise and well-written.  This increases the chances that it will be read and included as part of the viewer’s experience of your art.

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