Artist, actress, model.
Loan Chabanol was born in Paris, France, and is of Vietnamese, German, and Italian descent. She grew up in the south of France where she was discovered during the prestigious Elite modeling contest. 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. Then, she played "Buster Keaton" in a short artistic film by James Franco. Loan starred in her first lead in "The Transporter Refueled", produced by Luc Besson.
Loan's early years were spent in intensive art classes with artist Bernard Bistes in Midi-Pyrenees, France. Inspired by cartoons and illustrations, Loan's early work was focused on eccentric characters and their struggle and desire 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.
Her first book "Real E.t" depicts the quest of a sensitive character and his difficulties to communicate with the world throughout the challenges of Life.
Loan's second exhibition BORN IN BLUE, 2015 depicted the rise of sea creatures in a host of mediums. These creatures were shown alongside an animated film the artist illustrated and directed at The Lightbox in New York City.
Her following body of work NAMSIS opened at SHOW Gallery in Los Angeles in Feb 2018. Using a new medium of collages, Loan expressed the depths of meditation that transforms into a singular form that ultimately leads to : "The mind is everything. What you think, you become."
After visiting Haiti in 2016, Loan has been working closely with APJ 's ( Artists For Peace and Justice) . She share a collaboration with Picsart to help rise awareness to the young generation by creating an artistic connection between them and the charity's work.
Loan's collaboration with the 1862 French House : LaDuree - showed the extension of the series BLACK NAMSIS at the famous macarons venue in Beverly Hills.
One of her BLACK NAMSIS piece got selected to go to " WERISE" Art Festival 2018 in Los Angeles. The theme was centered around Mental Health for youth http://werise.la.
She is currently working on a new series “ MIND ARCHIVES”.
She is the founder of the art platform LOANIMATION.