Toro Saniya Vaun was born in 1977 in the midst of genocide in Cambodia. A survivor of the Killing Fields during the Cold War, he left Cambodia at age four. During the next eleven years, he and his family moved to five refugee camps along the Thai border. When he came to the United States at age fifteen, he spoke no English. A 1996 graduate of Portland High School, he went to Maine College of Art as a photography major. A painter, photographer, and entrepreneur, he now lives in West Texas and calls Cambodia, Maine, and Texas home.