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About

"Art helps us understand the beauty and complexity of life and reminds us about our deep-rooted interconnectivity. We have a natural appetite for altered states of consciousness. Art is a conduit for and expression of this type of experience. It's a manifestation of the interplay between the conscious and unconscious mind and a metaphor for things that can't be otherwise expressed." — Michael Lightsey

 

I was born in Ohio but came to my senses and moved to California. I've served my time on Mother Earth as an activist, actor, artist, athlete, bartender, brother, courier, dancer, director, Eagle Scout, father, friend, husband, janitor, masseur, Mensan, musician, producer, short-order cook, singer, son, stagehand, ticket-seller, and writer. Someday, when there's a cure for colorblindness, I'd love to be a pilot.  

 

I studied art at Columbus College of Art & Design and theatre at The Ohio State University.

 

If you want to support me, you can buy my art or throw coins in my Paypal hat: 

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/michaelkempisty

 

 

  

Private Collections:

Valerie Accetta, Lucy Alibar, Todd Almond, Deborah Armstrong, Denis Arndt, Christopher & Angela Arnett, Cathy Arnold, Ngozi Anyanwu, Jon Robin Baitz, Judith Baker, Mark Ballas, Frances Barber, Yuliza Barraza, Jon Bastian, Brian Beacock, Matthew Bourne, Ashley Brown, Jason Robert Brown, Betty Buckley, Kate Burton, Skypp Cabanas, Sheila Callaghan, Ryan Chinn, Brian Crawford, Tim Crouch, Culture Clash, Carmen Cusack, Nadjah Dabney, Kirk Douglas Estate, Rachel Fain, Paige Faure, Stephen Fife, Mary Beth Fisher, Gisele Frazeur, Terry Gilliam, Leslie & John Gomez, Kathy Griffin, Shane Guffogg, Sean Hayes, Brian Henson, James Higgins, Dina Hsu, Barry Humphries, Bill Irwin, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Keana Jackson, Rajiv Joseph, Rula Kaliroi, Moises Kaufman, Kempisty Family, Victoria Kinder, Rebekah Kochan, Mat Lageman, Angela Lansbury, James Lecesne, Young Jean Lee, John Leguizamo, Alan Mandell, Adrienne Marquand, Barry McGovern, Bob McLaughlin, Horace Miller, Tim Minchin, Erin O’Donnell, Dael Orlandersmith, Adam Pascal, Sean Pinto, Mary-Louise Parker, Jennifer Paschen, LeRoy Pawlowski, Jennifer Popovec, Phylicia Rashad, John Rapson, Deborah Reed, Lissa & Eric Resnick, Michael Ritchie, Leah Roddy, Kishisa Ross, Ticia Lea Rouckus, Jim Royce, Paul Rudnick, Ivy-Ollie Segura, Martin Sherman, Kate Shindle, Thomas Silcott, Lois Smith, Phillipa Soo, Simon Stephens, Sting, Ty Taylor, Cicely Tyson Estate, Luis Valdez, Ivo Van Hove, Max Von Essen, Les Waters, Westerville City Schools, Rhea & Robert Williams, Alan Woods.