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Erika Cespedes

Photography · Salt Lake City Utah United States

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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, allowing me to create meaningful imagery. I discovered my passion for teaching during this time and became a teacher’s assistant during my last semesters of at the Illinois Institute of Art. I continued to teach art for and freelance throughout Chicago. I published several commercial food photography books and exhibited fine art work in several Chicago galleries. I relocated to Palm Beach, in 2014 were 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. After completing my Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography at the Academy of Art University in 2016, I relocated to Salt Lake City, where I continue my involvement in the Art Industry as a commercial and fine art photographer, educator and curator.

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