Em Satya always drew as a child, and as he grew older he studied at the University of Fine Arts during the Lon Nol government (1973-1974).
After the Khmer Rouge era Em Satya hoped to continue his study but found it difficult to find the opportunity, and learned many of his skills directly on the job. His first employer was the Ministry of Youth, Education and Sport, and was soon followed by numerous jobs for both public and private organizations. Beginning in 1987 he drew about 10 comics, distinguished by a simple ‘clear line’ sensibility and strong life drawing skills.
His adaptation of the legend Sopaset brought him much praise and further offers of work. (His comics are reprinted to this day, often with his signature erased.) In 1994 he began private work full-time, doing political cartoons for Rasmei Kampuchea, and illustration for a wide variety of NGOs and private parties. His political cartoons have also been printed in Cambodge Soir under the pen name ‘Nono’.
Em Satya was featured in the 2004 exhibition Bande Dessineé Au Cambodge (Comics of Cambodia) at Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh.
Most recently, he is the creator of Flower of Battambang.
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