David Choe owes his grand net worth of million dollars in 2018 to his talent as an artist. His vast work profile extends to being a graffiti artist, a muralist, a figure painter and a graphic novelist. With his unique figure painting style, David Choe is known to dive into complex themes like desire and ultimate happiness.
In his own words, his ‘dirty style’ in figure painting is a product of fast-paced and uncontrolled workflow. Choe’s signature graffiti, the bucktoothed whale, is a part of his early works that initiated in his teen years only. The bucktoothed whale has been sprayed by him on various street walls over the years.
Other than making use of his talent in the world of art, David Choe has established a presence in the entertainment industry as well. He co-hosts an entertainment podcast, ‘DVDASA’, with Asa Akira.
Biography & Wiki
The 41-year-old American artist was born in Los Angeles, California on the 21st of April. His learning curve started at learning how to draw and then moved on to creating graffitis.
After dropping out of high school, Choe tried his hand at formal education in the arts and crafts at the California College of Arts and Crafts. However, it took him 2 years to drop out from there as well.
Stealing art supplies, food, and other commodities cost Choe a year of his life which he had to spend in prison. Nevertheless, everything turned out for the best as he later kick-started his career by working with magazines such as Ray Gun, Hustler, and Vice.
Choe’s artwork has been admired by various famous personalities all around the globe. His career includes prestigious assignments like creating the cover art for ‘Collision Course’, a multi-platinum album released by Linkin Park and Jay-Z. He has also been involved in the decoration of the sets of ‘The Glass House’ and ‘Juno’.
Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, hired David Choe to paint the interior of the first Silicon Valley office of social-networking giant with intense sexual murals. Later in 2007, Mark Zuckerberg himself appointed him to do the interiors of Facebook’s next office. However, mark demanded a comparatively less graphic approach.
Instead of cash, Choe accepted company shares as the payment for his work at the offices of Facebook. The interesting fact is that Choe was not a believer in the idea of Facebook. Nevertheless, at Facebook’s Initial Public Offering in 2012, Choe’s shares were valued at $200 million.
Choe has also lent his voice to the character of Rain in the Sundance Hit, We Are The Strange. He has also been extensively associated with VICE Media. During VICE Media’s transition to a more internet friendly platform, Choe was among the leading creators of the company.
‘Guide to Travel’ and ‘Thumbs Up!’, two of VICE Media Inc.’s internet successes, had Choe involved with them. Furthermore, David Choe continued to contribute to VICE Media Inc.’s shows by providing his skills as an artwork designer, animator, and graphic designer.
David Choe has even extended his abilities to creating comic books for huge names like Marvel Comics and DC. Furthermore, his list of commercial associations includes names like Sony Pictures, CBS, Fox Searchlight, Vanity Fair, Levi’s, Converse, and Warner Brothers.
As Howard Stein has earlier stated, David Choe is the ‘prince of all media’.
Net Worth of David Choe
David Choe is an artist whose name needs no introduction. Owing to his artistic contributions in various ventures, he has managed to create a net worth of $200 million for himself. Other than his works as a muralist, graffiti artist, figure painter, and graphic novelist, Choe’s wealth is also attributed to the books he has published and the documentaries he has starred in.
The stature of Joe’s artistic abilities can be estimated from the fact that he has painted a mural for Barack Obama during the presidential race in 2008 as well. His much-celebrated career has witnessed its fair share of versatility. From being an artist to publishing his own books, David Choe has done it all.
He is still going strong, and his list of achievements is only expected to grow!