Born in Koreatown, Los Angeles, street artist David Choe has a very difficult and tumultuous past. His family’s business was burned down during the 1992 LA riots, which he himself had participated in, and later dropped out of high school. He spent his next few years pursuing his artistic dream, attending and later dropping out of art school, sustaining himself and his craft by stealing art supplies, books, and food, and traveling throughout the U.S., Middle East, Europe, and Africa – at one point, he found himself in a Tokyo prison after punching an undercover security guard. Upon his return, he found work doing mural commissions, most notably for the founder of Facebook in 2005, while it was still a small start-up. A gambling man, he accepted company stock over direct cash payment, which has since grown enormously and provided him with quite a serendipitous windfall (at the time Facebook went public, around $200 million). Besides his Facebook work, his artwork has made its way throughout pop culture; he provided the cover art for the 2004 Jay-Z and Linkin Park album Collision Course, and painted a portrait of Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign that was later displayed in the White House. Most recently, he has opened a private show in Los Angeles - focused on trauma, struggle, reflection, and recovery - that interestingly requires both an extensive online application process to view and strict confidentiality agreement.
You can find more of his work at his Instagram at @davidchoe and at davidchoe.com.
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2 years ago today setting up a random glad wrap wall in the middle of Whistler, British Columbia before my exhibition at @wssf this is how I got on my feet in a new part of the world, live painting and chucking original paintings/illustrations out behind me mostly out the front of the @vanartgallery . Cops shut it down a few times but not long after I found a really nice reliable spot, ending each day with smoking a joint with Farout Freddy.... Weird times but good times 🙂💭
I’m sincerely excited about the artist that our @sacmetroarts panel of experts selected for the 12th street mural project today. Stay tuned for info on how you can get involved with the creation of a huge mural. #art #painting #muralartist #mural
Day 4. Finished up the piano yesterday! Lots of wet on wet layers and fun moments. Follow my stories to see my favorite details and make [email protected]to wander about old town Fort Collins to play this lovely lady ❤️