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The Happy Life of Loana

Self-taught in portraiture since childhood, Loana learned to look at humans under the watchful eye of her mother who taught her the basics of drawing, the contrasts between light and shadow, the empty and full. The year of her graphic design degree in Bordeaux, marked by the covid, brought her back to her parents’ home where she found the space and time necessary for her painting to blossom.

The use of color in this complicated period has imposed itself. After her BTS, she validated a national diploma in fine arts in Limoges and can now fully devote herself to her creative dimension.

The Happy STYLE of Loana

The portraits made with acrylic on canvas are based on the technique of realism to represent the truth of a look, of an expression. It is very important that the model is recognizable, while confronting it with a pictorial technique more instinctive and dynamic by the application of touches of bright colors.

To be able to retranscribe the frozen moment of a photograph by making it alive by the affirmation of the brushstrokes, it is what makes for Loana a successful painting.

Why we LOVE Loana

Loana is a young artist who is not afraid of the eyes. Her portraits made with acrylic on canvas are based on the technique of realism to represent the truth of a look or an expression.

Her pictorial technique is close to fauvism, because the colors she uses do not have the ambition to imitate nature: they become a means for the artist to interpret her subject and to retranscribe emotions.

Loana realizes the feat of proposing very similar paintings while being very modern at the same time, obviously, we love it!

The Happy Funky PORTRAIT of Loana

♥ Which museum gives you the greatest emotion? Why?
The museum that made the biggest impression on me was the open-air museum of France Miniature in Elancourt. Being able to discover France in just a few steps and stop on details of life scenes to become an omniscient giant for a moment marked my life as a budding artist that I was a little girl.

♥ What piece of art would you buy without hesitation if you had an unlimited budget?
Van Gogh’s Starry Night, to be able to lose myself in this dreamlike landscape before falling asleep. Despite its heavy context, the painting reminds us how art liberates us and connects us to what is essential: the beauty of the world around us. I can’t think of a better way to wake up feeling inspired.

♥ In which city do you feel happiest? Why or why not? Share your 3 favorite addresses.
Paris. Paris as a tourist. I love the energy that teems in the city all year round. Getting lost and walking through different atmospheres. I melt into the sunny atmosphere of the summer terraces. I revel in the noise of passers-by whom I observe and whose pictorial energy I capture. My headquarters in Paris is an unusual place cluttered with restored objects, old train cars reinvested in food trucks, teeming plants and garland of lights… Station F in the thirteenth district.

♥ What book keeps you up all night?
The book, or rather the comic book, that kept me up at night is the story of a young teenager in the guise of Lou, written and drawn by Julien Neel. The author, whom I met during a comic book festival in Alpe d’Huez, knew how to melt into the features of a young teenager who grew up with me.

♥ What are your biggest sources of inspiration?
My sources of inspiration include Henri Matisse, Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. I love the childlike soul that emanates from their colorful and naive paintings despite the long work behind them. I am also very inspired when I travel, and I always have a small notebook to capture the first lines of a future painting.

♥ What’s the funkiest thing you’ve done in your life?
The funkiest experience – adventure is my discovery of the converted car trip with my best friend. One month on the road, one month of self-denial and learning a minimalist life with all the pleasures and hassles that come with it. Above all, the freedom to stop wherever you want, to feel that you can live with very little is a learning experience about yourself and your ability to adapt to the world.

♥ What is your definition of happiness?
Being able to live each day from my passion, with the capacity for wonder of a child.

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