David Choe

American, b. 1976

David Choe is a controversial street artist of Korean descent born and raised in Los Angeles. His fiercely imaginative works are informed by his interest in gothic art, fashion, Surrealism, pornography, and comic book culture. Working in a diverse range of media, his images are seductive, sinister, and narratively complex. In 2012 he reaped the benefits of murals he'd painted since 2005 in the offices of an initially tiny internet startup called Facebook. The shares he took in return for his work were valued at $200 million when the company floated on the stock market that year, placing him among the world's five richest living artists. His work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, and he is one of the youngest artists ever to have a solo show at MOCA in Los Angeles.