David Choe is an American painter, muralist, graffiti artist and graphic novelist. Known for his his raw, frenetic, “dirty style” (and occasional altercations with authority), Choe is one of the most controversial artists of the 21st century. As he explains: “the dirty style is all about painting stories with marks, stains, then creating more stories in the middle of that mess.” It is about creating something beautiful out of the darkness.
In 2005, Choe was commissioned by Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to paint a series of art murals in the company’s Silicon Valley office. Ever the keen businessman, Choe further profited from his artwork by choosing to receive stocks in the company as payment. Those stocks are now worth over $200 million. Since then, besides his original prints and paintings, David Choe has created an art superbrand, selling comics, t-shirts, posters and shoes all adorned with his distinctive style. He also wrote and illustrated a 35 page book, Slow Jams, the cover of which was inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge. David Choe limited edition prints, and original paintings are sold all over the world.