11th March 2024 by Ronan McGeough



Writing a compelling artist bio and statement about your work is essential for establishing your artistic identity and connecting with an audience. It's vital whether you're a professional artist or just starting out, a well-written bio and statement can make a significant difference in how your work is perceived and understood. In this article, I'll explore the key components of an effective artist bio and statement and provide you with practical tips to help you write your own.


This guide will hopefully walk you through the process of creating an artist bio that captures your unique artistic perspective and communicates your intentions and inspirations to viewers. I'll also discuss how to craft an artist statement that provides insight into your artistic practice and helps viewers connect with your work on a deeper level.         



Your artist bio and statement serve as a window into your creative world, allowing viewers to gain a deeper understanding of your work and the motivations behind it. It provides a context for your art and helps establish your credibility as an artist. An artist bio is a concise summary of your artistic background, while an artist statement delves deeper into your artistic process and philosophy. Together, they form a powerful tool for connecting with your audience and conveying your artistic voice.


An artist bio is a brief summary that introduces you as an artist. It should highlight your artistic achievements, education, practice and experiences. Think of it as a snapshot of your artistic journey. Your artist bio should be written in the third person and be concise, engaging, and easy to read. It should capture the essence of your artistic practice and give readers a sense of your unique style and perspective. When writing this it's important to strike a balance between providing relevant information and keeping it interesting.


So what do you include?


Where you come from and where you are based now?

Where you studied (if you did)

Any artistic influences you have
Describe your artistic practice

Highlight any achievements you may have






Ronan McGeough is a contemporary Irish painter based in London. With a background in fine arts from the Limerick School of Art and Design.


Influenced by the Neo-Expressionism such as George Baselitz and Julian Schnabel, Ronan's current body of work is about exploring the themes and ancient narratives from Irish Mythology and in some cases how they relate to his own ontological journey since emigrating from Ireland. He Mixes these stories with different cultural studies, psychology, and philosophy and then reinterprets them by putting them onto the canvas.



Ronan's work has been exhibited in galleries across (e.g Europe and the United States), and he has received numerous awards, including the (Insert award).






The Hound of Cullan

Ronan McGeough

Oil on canvas



Unlike an artist bio, which focuses on your background and achievements, an artist statement delves deeper into the conceptual and philosophical aspects of your work. It provides insight into your creative process, inspirations, and the themes you explore in your art. An artist statement should be written in the first person and convey your passion and commitment to your artistic practice.


So what do you include?


Describe how your work is made, materials used etc

The subject matter

What message you want to convey?



Remember that your artist bio and statement are living documents that should evolve alongside your artistic practice. Regularly updating and revising them will ensure they accurately reflect your current artistic journey and help you connect with your audience in a meaningful way.


Try using descriptive language to bring your artistic process to life but remember to keep it focused and concise, essentially, avoid rambling or going off on tangents! Highlight key themes, concepts, and ideas without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary details.


Also, be authentic!  Your artist statement is an opportunity to showcase your unique perspective and voice. Be true to yourself, and let your passion and authenticity shine through your words. This will create a stronger connection with your audience and make your statement more compelling.



Crafting a compelling artist bio and statement about your work is a skill that every artist should develop. It allows you to communicate your artistic vision and intentions, establish your credibility, and connect with your audience on a deeper level. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this article, you can create an artist bio and statement that effectively captures your unique artistic voice and resonates with viewers. Remember to regularly update and revise your bio and statement to reflect changes in your artistic practice, and use them strategically across various platforms to enhance your visibility and opportunities as an artist. Embrace the power of words and let your artistic voice shine through your bio and statement.


You can follow my work on Instagram here: @ronanmcgeough