David Choe is a famous American painter, graffiti artist, street artist, mural artist, and graphic novelist. He is well-known for his figure painting and his ‘bucktoothed whale’ in graffiti. Continue reading to find the net worth of David Choe as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
David Choe was born on 21st April 1976 in Los Angeles, California, in the US. David Choe’s parents had emigrated from Korea, and they were both born-again Christians. David Choe was brought up in Korea-town in Los Angeles. His parents had business in real estate.
Since he was young, David Choe learned to draw figures from G.I. Joe, Robotech, and Star Wars. In 1990, David Choe was influenced by Los Angeles, graffiti artists like Hex and Mear One. Davide Choe started to paint graffiti, and his first one was from the Bible (verse John 11:35) that reads ‘Jesus wept.’ Instead of writing his name, David Choe painted faces and figures. Also, he added cartoons of whales and philosophical messages.
David Choe left high school and spent two years traveling across the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. When he was 21 years old, David Choe returned to Los Angeles to become a ‘real’ artist. David Choe enrolled at the California College of Arts and Crafts but, left after two weeks.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
David Choe began working for several magazines including Hustler, Ray Gun, and Vice. David Choe made a name for himself as a figure painter. Also, David Choe is most reputed and recognized for his ‘bucktoothed whale’ in graffiti. David Choe and Asa Akira appear as co-hosts on their podcast ‘Double Vag Double Anal Sensitive Artist’ (DVDASA).
David Choe was highlighted in several documentary web series such as ‘Thumbs Up!’ (2007-2010). He was marked in the 2008s documentary movie, ‘Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe.’ David Choe appeared in one oft episodes of ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in 2013’.
After painting murals for Facebook, David Choe received Company stock of worth $200 million. In 2008, during the US Presidential race, David Choe painted a portrait of then-Senator Barack Obama for using in street art campaign. Later, the original was displayed in the White House.
In 2013, David Choe became famous also for his paintings and works using watercolor. His solo exhibition was held at the Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City. In 2017, David Choe returned to work as an enthusiastic artist creating his unique themes. Dave Choe has published several books over the years. These include 1999s Self Published ‘Slow Jams,’ 2002s Drips Inc’s ‘Bruised Fruit: The Art of David Choe,’ 2003s Giant Robot’s ‘Cursiv,’ 2010s Chronicle Books Publications’ ‘David Choe.’
Net Worth & Earnings:
The estimated net worth of David Choe is $220 million. Most of his wealth comes from his career as a graffiti, figure and mural painter. His figure painting and unique ‘bucktoothed whale graffiti made him popular. David Choe’s endeavors include co-hosting with Asa Akira in the DVDASA show. David Choe has been popularised and highlighted in documentaries that helped in his career as a painter.
David Choe painted murals for Facebook. Also, he drew the mural for Barack Obama during the 2008 US Presidential Election. David Choe has had solo exhibitions of his painting that shows his unique style. David Choe is the author of several books that have been published by him and other publications (1999-2010).
Since 2008, David Choe had raised funds for various charities. He has teamed with numerous foundations supporting local causes or calamities. David Choe has raised funds for Haiti with ‘Yle Haiti’ organization established by Wyclef Jean. David Choe paints with the children of ‘The LIDÈ Haiti Foundation’ and ‘South Central LA at APCH.’