Artist, actress, model.
Loan Chabanol is all of the above. She was born in Paris, France, and is of Vietnamese, German, and Italian descent. Loan grew up in the south of France where she was discovered during the prestigious Elite modeling contest. At the age of 16, Loan began an international modeling career. She has graced the covers of fashion magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Jalouse, and Glamour. After a career in TV commercials, Loan pursued acting at Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. Her first feature role was in John Turturro's comedy, "Fading Gigolo", in which she acted alongside Woody Allen and John Turturro. Soon after, Loan was cast in "Third Person", a romantic drama written and directed by Paul Haggis. A few months later she played "Buster Keaton" in a short artistic film by James Franco. Loan will be starring in her first lead in "The Transporter Refueled", produced by Luc Besson and directed by Camille Delamarre.
Loan's early years were spent in intensive art classes with artist Bernard Bistes in Midi-Pyrenees, France. Inspired by cartoons and illustration, Loan's work is focused on eccentric characters and their struggles and desires to communicate.
After meeting with Monica Watkins, creator of the non-profit The Foundation for Art in Motion, Loan's work was featured in the "Art Meets Fashion" exhibition in New York in September, 2013. Loan's first book "Real E.t" depicts the quest of her character, Pierrot, and Pierrot's search for purpose in life.
Loan's second New York exhibition was Born In Blue (2015). The show depicted the rise of sea creatures between the ocean and the sky in a host of mediums. These creatures were shown alongside an animated film the artist illustrated and directed.
Loan's next body of work will be featured in NYC's One Art Space Gallery in TriBeCa in December of 2016. The show, ARISE, is a collaborative project in association with Lancôme make-up artist Miky, and photographer Berengere Valognes. The show will be a representation of the artists' version of Earth.