David Choe is an interesting guy. Between 2005 and 2007, he painted two murals for the Facebook headquarters. Because he was afraid of losing yet more money to a gambling habit, Choe asked Facebook’s Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg to pay him with shares rather than cash. By 2012, his Facebook shares were worth $200 million. Though that is enough money to ensure that David Choe never needs to work again, he continues to produce art at a steady clip.
Choe is a wild child, often losing and winning back millions of dollars while gambling. He has some pretty crazy stories to tell about hookers and drugs and partying at Las Vegas casinos. He lives on the edge, somewhat above reality, and this shows in his street art murals which often portray a sense of surrealism. Choe’s graffiti art doesn’t exhibit a consistent personal style. Instead, each street art painting encapsulates whichever style works best for the mood of the piece. In some works, the mood is cheerful and humorous. These pieces portray cartoonish characters with bright colors and a fun sense of movement. Other works have a more serious intent, for example; examining the beauty of a woman’s face. The color scheme, patterns and symbols are used to compliment her facial features and add to her essence of beauty. Many of Choe’s street art murals are filled with a variety of subjects and ideas, offering the viewer a chance to stop and ponder over what they are seeing.