Meet the artist
Adaja Cooper is an award-winning 20-year-old artist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Since the age of 17, Adaja has experimented with bright colors and immersive portraits, and has fallen in love with painting ever since. During the summer of 2017, Adaja was accepted into Governor School, where she further developed her skills with acrylics in oils. Along with winning multiple state competitions for art, including AYAA (Arkansas Young Artists Association) she has been to national competitions competing with her paintings. In 2019, she won third place in the painting category at the National NAACP Act-So Competition in Detroit. Adaja’s art has also been published in multiple books and magazines. Some of her pieces are currently being displayed at the House of Art in North LIttle Rock.
With Adaja being of African American descent, she uses her experience as a Black woman living in America as inspiration for her art. She produces work that include black people as her muse. They typically have bold and expressive facial expressions, or calm expressions with vivid background.