David Choe Mural on the Bowery Wall

Korean American artist David Choe is completing his mural on Goldman’s Bowery Wall

David Choe“The piece replaces “Urbanmythology” by Spanish street artists Pichi&Avo and features Choe’s signature bucktoothed whale – three of them so far, in fact,” says Michelle Young at Untapped Cities. This work will be on display through October 2017.

David Choe’works appear in a wide variety of urban culture and entertainment contexts. For example, he provided the cover art for Jay-Z and Linkin Park‘s multi-platinum album Collision Course, and created artwork to decorate the sets of Juno and The Glass House. 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. Although he thought the Facebook business model was “ridiculous and pointless,” Choe, a habitual gambler, chose to receive company stock in lieu of cash payment for the original Facebook murals. His shares were valued at approximately $200 million on the eve of Facebook’s 2012 IPO. 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. The original was later displayed in the White House.  Wikipedia

You can see some marvelous pictures of David Choe at work, taken by Martha Cooper, on his website and very thorough coverage of his multi-media works at WideWalls.