Create Your Best Instagram Artist Bio

by Carolyn Edlund

Creating an outstanding Instagram bio as an artist involves more than just filling in the blanks. Here’s how to make the most of your profile.



Ready to create an amazing artist bio, thoughtfully written to grab attention, convey your identity, and attract followers? Check out our YouTube video above, filled with tips and tricks to make your best bio ever.

Writing your bio is a way of attracting the right audience in a few impactful sentences. Let’s dive into some key strategies that will help your profile stand out and complement the advice provided in the video.

Craft a Compelling Bio

Your Instagram bio is like a digital handshake that gives visitors a snapshot of who you are as an artist. With only 150 characters to work with, every word counts. Use these tips to make the most of this limited space:

Be Concise but Share Your Personality

Describe your art style, medium, and what drives you creatively, using words that resonate with your target audience. For instance, instead of saying “I paint,” say something like “Watercolor artist capturing the serene beauty of nature” to instantly convey your specialty. Your bio should also reflect your artistic persona. Are you whimsical, serious, avant-garde? Let that shine through your choice of words. An engaging bio might read, “Whimsical illustrator bringing fairytales to life.”

Use Keywords and Hashtags

Within your bio, try to incorporate relevant keywords and hashtags that potential followers might search for. This boosts your profile’s discoverability. If you are in a niche, like “abstract sculpture” or “digital surrealism,” make sure these terms are in your bio.

Maximize  Your Profile Photo

Your profile photo is often the first visual element people notice.  When selecting a photo to use, whether it’s a professional headshot, a logo, or a standout piece of your art, make sure it represents you as an artist. And keep in mind that even though you have a small circular space, you should choose an image that wows as a thumbnail. Using the same photo across multiple platforms helps in building a recognizable brand.

Make the Most of Links

Instagram allows you to place links in your bio, which is a prime spot for driving traffic to your other platforms. You will want to link to your portfolio, thereby directing visitors to your website or online gallery where they can explore your work in depth. Want a more extensive menu to share with your followers? Tools like, LinkInBio, and Shorby let you create a landing page with multiple links from you single bio link.

Visual Storytelling Through Your Grid

Your Instagram grid is essentially your portfolio on display. First, plan your posts. Think about how each will look next to the others. Aim for a consistent color scheme, style, or theme that reflects your artistic vision. Mix up your posts with different types of content, including close-ups of your work, full pieces, and behind-the-scenes shots. This not only keeps your feed interesting, but also gives followers a deeper insight into your process. Then, experiment and adjust. Don’t be afraid to try different layouts and themes until you find what works best for you. Use tools like Planoly or Preview to plan and visualize your grid before posting.

Use Highlights

Instagram Stories Highlights are a great way to keep your most important content easily accessible. Create highlights based on different aspects of your work, such as specific projects, behind-the-scenes footage, or exhibitions. Then design eye-catching covers that are visually appealing and consistent with your brand’s aesthetic. Regularly update your highlights to keep your profile fresh and engaging.

Engage with Your Audience

An engaging profile is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about interaction. Take the time to reply to comments on your posts. This shows that you value your audience and fosters a sense of community. If followers share posts about your work, re-share them to your Stories. This not only shows appreciation but also builds a deeper connection.

Creating an outstanding Instagram bio as an artist is about more than just filling out a profile. By thoughtfully crafting your bio, choosing the right profile photo, utilizing links effectively, curating your grid, and engaging with your audience, you can create a compelling Instagram presence that not only showcases your art but also builds a loyal following.


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  1. Thank you, Carolyn, this has been so helpful!

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