Moran Nhel was born in Cambodia, near the border of Vietnam. As a boy, he entertained himself by making figures of animals and army tanks from clay found on the banks of the Mekong River. During the Cambodian Genocide, he escaped to Thailand, and came to the U.S. in 1976 as a refugee.
Moran earned a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in French and Fine Arts, with an emphasis in sculpture at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Over the years, his style has changed from sculpting a single subject in one material - stone, bronze, glass or ceramics; to incorporating a mixture of those media in order to create a complete artistic idea. Moran’s work has been in many art shows including La Quinta, Marina Del Rey, The Beverly Hills Art Show, Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Calbasas Fine Arts Festival, Desert Arts Festival, Artistic License, Indian Wells Arts Festival & Laguna Art-A-Fair.
Moran is pointing to his water lily painting. He & other artists from
Laguna Art-A-Fair (2013) painted portions of an elephant statue to be auctioned by ElephantParade.com, a group seeking public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation.