How to: Write a Compelling Artist Bio
As a part of the Vango artist community, we want your voice to be heard. After creating your profile with us (thank you!), we ask that you include an artist bio so that buyers know a little bit about the person behind the art. A good bio will ensure that you are accurately represented as an artist, and will also help users as they look for that perfect piece to hang on their wall.
Here are a few things to take into consideration while composing your artist description:
Length: Write a bio that is not too long and not too short. Make sure you include enough information to make the reader understand who you are, without overwhelming them with a novel’s worth of text. An ideal length would be 8-15 sentences.
Artist Information: Tell the important things either in first person (I am an artist) or third person (Stephanie is an artist). Details about yourself that you definitely need to include are: name, current working location, preferred media, style, inspiration/influence, and schooling if applicable. Details you might want to include are: awards, honors, exhibitions, current work.
Personality: This is a bio, not a resume. So make sure you incorporate some of your personality into the equation and stay away from long lists of accolades. Try including a favorite pastime or passion you may have, or maybe a sentence-long anecdote that is relevant to your artistic career.
Cohesion: Read your bio out loud— it helps to hear what others will be reading. You will be able to catch phrases that sound awkward or do not flow together. Even better, read it to a friend and work together to make sure the bio sounds great.
Language: Check, or have a friend check, the grammar and punctuation of your bio. There’s nothing worse than a rambling run-on sentence. When in doubt, keep sentences simple and easy so that those reading know exactly what you’re trying to get across.
Remember, on Vango you’ll encounter artists from across the nation at different points in their creative careers, so keep in mind that everyone’s description will be different!
Be sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!