Bio-art is an art practice where artists work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes. Using scientific processes such as biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) the artworks are produced in laboratories, galleries, or artists’ studios. The scope of Bio-art is considered by some artists to be strictly limited to “living forms”, while other artists would include art that uses the imagery of contemporary medicine and biological research, or require that it address a controversy or blind spot posed by the very character of the life sciences.

Bio-art initiatives:


Next nature

The Arts and Genomics Centre

Verbeke foundation

Alter Nature: We can

The ArtsCatalyst

Finnish Bioart Society

We make money not art

Synthetic aesthetics