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David Choe (born 1976, Los Angeles, California) is an American painter, muralist, graffiti artist and graphic novelist 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.
Seven years ago David Choe painted murals on the walls of Facebook’s first offices in Palo Alto, California, and he was paid in stock options in the realm of 3.77 million shares.
Now David Choe is worth $200 million.