Born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1990, Adriana Arciniegas moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2008 to pursue a B.F.A in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design on a full scholarship.
At an early age her painting skills and love for the arts became quite obvious. However, it wasn’t until her senior year of high school when she decided to take her passion for painting to a professional and devoted level. This decision was forged in a short-term mission trip to a marginalized village in the south of Medellin, Colombia. In her own words the artist explains:
"On this journey I experienced the sights of true poverty and misery, where generations have lived only to subsist. I visited places inhabited by human beings whose spirits and homes have been crushed by their own country's armed conflict. The days I spent with the people from Jardin helped me realize that tuning in to the needs and problems of those in need is a prerequisite to empathy, which can then lead to understanding, concern and compassionate action. This realization sparked my interest for using art as a way to both bring social awareness to these problems and invite people to become activist citizens. I knew then that using my art to advocate for those in need wasn’t just a possibility but also a responsibility".
More recent, the artist started the project “Heroes of Our Generation”, a series of oil paintings and art installation that give voice to the victims of bullying and those who are taking a stand against it.