One of the emerging Laotian American visual artists in Chicago is Chantala Kommanivanh, who was born in 1982 in the Thai refugee camps to Laotian parents. He has studied at Northeastern Illinois University and engages in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including audio work as part of a hip hop duo. He's performing and presenting widely.
From July to August, 2008 he was part of an exhibition at All Rise Gallery in Chicago, with his series 'One Sole Journey.'
Here is an interview with him on Vimeo:
Artist Chantala Kommanivanh from Lao Music on Vimeo.
It's always encouraging to see new voices and perspectives emerging within the community, and Kommanivanh demonstrates a great deal of talent that will make him one to watch in the coming years ahead. New City Art also has a nice interview with him.