David Choe Movies and Career Information
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David Choe (born 1976, Los Angeles, California) is an American painter, muralist and graffiti artist of Korean descent. He achieved art world success with his "dirty style" figure paintings—raw, frenetic works which combine themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation. Outside of galleries, he is closely identified with the bucktoothed whale he has been spray-painting on the streets since he was in his teens. Choe's work appears in a wide variety of urban culture and entertainment contexts. For example, he created artwork to decorate the sets of Juno and The Glass House, and provided the cover art for Jay-Z and Linkin Park's multi-platinum Collision Course album. In 2005, internet entrepreneur Sean Parker, a longtime fan, asked him to paint graphic sexual murals in the interior of Facebook's first Silicon Valley office, and in 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commissioned him to paint somewhat tamer murals for their next office. Those murals were loosely re-created by Choe's friends Rob Sato and Joe To for the set of the film The Social Network. During the 2008 presidential race, Choe painted a portrait of then-Senator Barack Obama for use in a grassroots street art campaign.