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Erika Cespedes

Category: Photographers
MemberID: Erika3478

Ever since I can remember my passion has been art. Not knowing as a child that I was going to become a photographer, I carried a small toy camera everywhere I went. During my years at the British School of Costa Rica I was involved in art projects and small 3D installations throughout the school. I took my first photography class in high school after moving from Costa Rica to Florida. Later on, I attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where I obtained an Associates of Science degree in commercial photography and graduated with “Best Portfolio.” A few years later I relocated to Illinois where I enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago in order to complete my bachelor’s degree. During my time in Chicago, I transitioned from commercial art to fine art photography, which allowed me to have a much deeper and more personal connection with my photographic career. Fine art photography allowed me to explore my subconscious, and was able to create deep, meaningful imagery. I discovered my passion for teaching when I became a teacher’s assistant. After obtaining my BFA, I continued to teach art for outreach programs through Lillstreet Art Center-Art Reach in Chicago. I also published commercial food photography books and exhibited fine art work in several Chicago galleries. In August 2014, I relocated to Palm Beach, Florida. I was hired as a teaching artist for the Norton Museum of Art’s Afterschool Outreach Program. In 2015, I was offered a position as an Artist in Residence for the photography department at the prestigious Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Despite my busy career, I continued doing freelance work for the commercial industry along with raising my son, Liam Bleu. I completed my Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography at the Academy of Art University in 2016 and continue to create and exhibit work in galleries throughout the United States.