To be considered a true artist you must first have a talent in one of the main forms of art such as: music, dance, theater, poetry, painting, cinema, sculpture, architecture and literature. For that you must generate works that are appreciated as a work of art and not as crafts.
The artist can sometimes be confused or valued as an artisan and they really have very big differences. An artist takes the art professionally and based on this is that you must focus your style. Previously it was believed that the artist was only the one who obtained art titles and therefore was classified as an artist or for the improvement of techniques for the realization of a work.
But you can also get works of art by natural talent, without previous studies or a professional title, as happens for example with the prodigies of the musician or painters who have not attended art schools but in which their talent is uncountable.
Differences between artist and craftsman
The differences between an artist and an artisan are notorious, but some people come to mix both terms, incurring in a falsehood. The main difference is the objective of creating both. The artist creates a unique work with a strictly aesthetic sense, to be perceived as a feeling, a story.
On the other hand, an artisan uses art to create in series products that are going to be marketed. This often attends a decorative need. This has to ate by trade. A craftsman may have acquired some artistic technique but he performs unique works, not just the reproduction of a product to be distributed.
Unless some prodigy of art is discovered and absolutely considered as an artist in such an area, by characters or entities of the fine arts at national and international level, a career of basic or professional levels must be done to be considered an artist and be accepted by the public as such.
The world of modern music brings some controversy about it, the saturation of singers who are popularized without having a more special talent than to cause followers for some social behaviors so for the same art.
When you are considered an artist
As you know to be considered an artist you must have a natural artistic talent, which can be enriched through technique and perfectionism in institutions or academies of arts recognized for that purpose, so it requires study, training and update to achieve virtuosity.
Art education includes both official education through academies and institutions, and non-formal education through social service of art agencies or through street art.
Art education develops values and skills through interaction, communication, discipline, feelings and emotions, which improve the integral criteria of each individual.