Born amidst conflict during the Cambodian coup of 1997, Adana was raised by activist parents fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia. She spent her childhood surrounded by bodyguards, overwhelmed by death threats and kidnap letters, often having to find refuge in Laos. Growing up with survivors of sexual exploitation made her prematurely aware of some of the most brutal consequences of a despotic genocide, with her family's social work molding her education and pushing Adana to be deeply involved, from the red light district of Phnom Penh to traveling the world and raising awareness in conferences.
Revolting against a perverse system and fed up with its social injustices, she pursued studies in law and political science in France until she was 21 years old when, suddenly, cancer forced her to endure aggressive chemotherapy and a journey of self-reflection. A battle she won, along with the discovery of a newborn talent: art. Her paintings – addressing topics such as consciousness, death, trauma, ethics, and human evolution. After her successful recovery, she landed her debut exhibition in New York followed by thirteen more exhibitions all over the world including Paris, Sydney, Brussels, Bangkok.
Known for her surrealist pictorial work, Adana is more known for her exhibitions combining art with philanthropy. In her recent collaboration with the Director of the National Bank of Cambodia, they made art history in raising $150,000 USD from local donors to donate to NGOs. This event has changed the art philanthropy culture in Cambodia.
Adana is also co-founder and President of Generation C, a socially-driven artistic movement striving for an empathic Cambodia focused on compassion, ethics, and social responsibility. This movement is the culmination of her life's mission, to bring people together towards a convivial society while transforming each individual into a global citizen.