Artist Bio vs. Artist Statement vs. About Page

If you are confused about the difference between your artist biography and artist statement, I'm here to help!

See if these explanations give you a better picture of these two documents.

Artist Biography

Theresa Beckemeyer, Chautauqua
Theresa Beckemeyer, Chautauqua. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. ©The Artist

Your professional artist bio is kind of like your résumé in paragraph form (but less boring). It highlights your top accomplishments—usually with the most recent and most important at top.

Your bio gets to the point. It's not a place for you to share everything you've ever done or get into your personal life.

Your bio is written in 3rd person unless it's an autobiography, in which case you'd use the 1st person.

Formula for a 3-Paragraph Artist Bio

Artist Statement

Your artist statement is about your art, not about you. More to the point, it's about the current direction of your work, not a history of how you got to where you are now.

Your artist statement is written in the 1st person. After all, it is a statement.

For good measure, let me throw in one more piece of writing.

About Page

About pages are the page on your website where your artist bio and statement come together. They should be less formal than the proper bio you would use to share with a museum or gallery.

How you approach your About page depends on your goals as an artist, but there should be text about both you and your art on this page. I'm fond of About pages that use humor combined with an interesting twist on serious facts. I tried to do that on the Art Biz Success About page.

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The Successful Artist's Guide to Writing Your Artist Statement

This post was first published on November 8, 2010 and has been updated with original comments intact.

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14 thoughts on “Artist Bio vs. Artist Statement vs. About Page”

  1. Thanks Alyson…ever so timely…just this morning I opened IRBITS to review the clear distinction regarding the bio since I have one due tomorrow for an o=upcoming exhibition…I recrafted what I had started in my rough draft…started before I got the big AHA to check your book on the topic… and now I feel ‘good to go’.

    1. Donna: I’m so happy you got IRBITS out to find the answer. And I’m glad you found what you needed. Lots of people who buy IRBITS forget that many of the answers to their questions are right there.

  2. Thanks again, Alyson! Always such invaluable instruction. Know you also have info about tweeking our resumes; keep in mind I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for most of the past 22 yrs 😮 Can you direct me to that article? Thanks so much!

    1. Susan: Try using the search feature in the right sidebar. Also, click on some of the links in this post.

    2. That’s where I started: “resume,” updating resume,” “writing resume”…am I missing it? Thanks Alyson…still looking…and thanks for clarifying and expounding on artists’ statement, bio and “about” pages.

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  5. Ranjana Bacrania

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for the info. I was terribly stuck as to what is The Artists Statement and what is the Bio. I have a show coming up and have to submit some kind of know about me so this will be helpful!

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