‘Facebook Muralist’ David Choe is up Next at the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 at 5:08 am by

A muralist who made a mint through his series of murals at the Facebook HQ in the early 2000s was picked to succeed the five-month reign of PichiAvo at the Bowery Graffiti Wall. Goldman Properties, owner of the four-story canvas (and the land on which it sits), announced yesterday that Korean-American artist David Choe will begin painting next week.

The mobile lift is already stashed near the wall in anticipation of the job.

“You can’t spell painting without spelling pain – and the only way out of pain is through pain,” Choe said in a public statement.

Painting the Bowery Wall is going to church to pray and worship in public where other misfit kindred spirits before me have taken pilgrimage to this wall to leave behind their prayers. Painting is my church with no building; it’s my prayer with no words. I will exorcise my demons on a very public historic wall for you to witness as I heal my pain through painting. I’ll leave a mark behind for you to see as hope for signs of healing. This will be a wall where the blind that cannot see, those who are mentally challenged, mentally disturbed, those with missing limbs, and no voice can express themselves, together with me. Please pray with me with your eyes open.

The new piece will be on display through October 2017.

Facebook made Choe a multimillionaire. Entrepreneur Sean Parker, a longtime fan, had tapped the artist in 2005 to paint “graphic sexual murals” inside Facebook’s first Silicon Valley office. When offered “cash in the thousands” or company stock as payment, Choe chose the latter. The gamble certainly paid off, especially after the IPO in 2012. The take amounted to hundreds of millions.

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