Imformation - An artists is a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, practicing the arts, and or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers less often for actors. "Artiste" the French for artist is a variant used in English only in this context. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is certainly valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like Criticsm.