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. A few months later 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 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 a sensitive character and his difficulties to communicate with the world throughout the challenges of Life. The Book is currently out at “ The BookSoup Bookstore “ in L.A and also available online at www.loanchabanol.com.
Loan's second exhibition BORN IN BLUE, 2015 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 also called " Born In Blue" in display at The Lightbox in New York City.
Her new body of work NAMSIS is showing at SHOW Gallery in Los Angeles until March 1 2018. Using a new medium of collages, Loan is expressing 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 on raising money throughout her art work by donating a part of the proceeds to APJ 's ( Artists For Peace and Justice) education program. She recently started a collaboration with Picsart to help rise awareness to the young generation by creating an artistic connection between them and the charity's work.