Sempek, Colby

Sempek, Colby

Education and Background

Colby holds a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. He has studied and exhibited his work around the Midwest, Southwest and Bay Area since 2002 and has worked in the South Bay since 2012. Colby has dedicated himself to fine art and commercial photography, and has provided photography and retouching services for various clients. Since 2016, Colby has taught photography classes at West Valley College, San Jose City College, De Anza College and across tech campuses like Google and Intel.

Teaching Philosophy

“There’s a curious magic in art, and, contrary to the familiar image of the artist channeling an ethereal muse, I’ve found this magic doesn’t necessarily come from nebulous inspiration - it can be learned. There is a great deal of technical skill that comes with being a good artist, but with enough time, dedication, and attention to detail, this magic can come as a natural reflex in one’s art and creative problem solving. I approach my lessons with a strong foundation of technical skill but show how it can translate into magic, especially with each student’s own individual voice, history, and creativity.”


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