Artist David Cho Creates Art That Feels Both Eerie and Real

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David Cho is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. Born in Korea, he grew up in Texas and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cho’s work focuses on the way we perceive and remember our surroundings. He often uses several sources to create his artwork, such as photographs and sketches, film images, objects/sculptures, and mirrors. The results are images that feel familiar and yet simultaneously eerie and unreal.


The artist creates a tension between what can be seen with the naked eye and what is revealed through the use of technology. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles.”

David Cho is a concept artist and illustrator, who creates work that feels both eerily realistic and entirely new. His paintings look like photographs, but they are created in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.


What was the first piece you remember creating?

The first thing I remember creating was a sketchbook that I filled with sketches from the time I was about ten years old. The purpose of the sketchbook was to capture my thoughts on paper. This helped immensely in terms of cartooning, because I could draw things in my head and write them down so it was easier to get my ideas out.

What kind of tools do you use?

I use a Cintiq 13HD for digital work, and use traditional mediums such as paint and ink for other works. My go-to pen is a Uni-ball signo DX (0.38mm) . What software do you use?

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to create almost all of my paintings digitally, with an occasional bit of After Effects.

David Cho is a New York based artist who has been working since the early 2000s. His art generally has a futuristic, yet retro feel to it, with strong emphasis on human faces and figures, often in an abstract style.

Cho is known for his sculptures as well as paintings. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City and internationally. He was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show with his art being discussed and displayed by art critic and host of the Today Show, Al Roker.

In 2010, Cho was named “One of 25 Young Artists To Watch” by Artnet Magazine.

David Cho’s sculptures are made from a mixture of materials such as polyester resin, fiberglass, oatmeal, stainless steel wire, silicone gel and latex paint.

This attention to detail lends an eerie realism to his art that makes you look twice. Cho’s paintings reflect similar themes but with a more minimalistic feel.

David Cho is a Korean American artist and photographer born in 1972 who received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been exhibited and published widely. In 2000 he had a solo exhibition at the Anderson Gallery in New York City, and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including “FotoFest” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and “The Shape of Color” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

The images created by Mr. Cho are what I would describe as dark, eerie and haunting. This may be due, in part, to his use of lighting which highlights darkness and shadows. But it also has to do with his choice of subject matter: people who appear normal on the surface but who have, perhaps, secret desires or obsessions that make them scary or weird or even evil. His work reminds me of the short stories I used to read as a teenager by writers like Clive Barker, who is well known for his horror fiction but whose stories were also often intriguingly complex with interesting characters caught up in difficult situations.

Cho’s photographs are perfectly composed and beautifully lit, which is what first attracts the viewer to them. The second thing that draws you into these pictures is the subtext (sometimes not so

David Cho creates paintings that are at first glance appear to be perfectly normal, but upon closer inspection, seem to be images that have been digitally altered.

One of his best-known works is “Who’s on First,” in which the faces of players from a baseball team have been pasted onto the bodies of other players from another team.

Cho says he had never really thought about art until he got to college, when his father gave him a book titled The Artist’s Way. It was a guide to getting out of creative ruts and thinking differently about one’s work. He has since graduated and now lives in New York City, where he is beginning to show work in galleries.

David Cho is a Korean-born artist who has lived in New York since 1987. He is best known for his paintings that often take the form of stylized human faces, but he has also done portraits and numerous drawings and sketches. His work is informed by the history of landscape painting, with its emphasis on nature’s grandeur.

Cho’s work is realistic, but also slightly unsettling; the faces look real but slightly artificial. The noses and ears are slightly off, or too large or small for their faces. There is an odd flatness to the eyes and mouths, yet they seem to be gazing out at us with a keen intelligence.

Cho first made a name for himself with a series of quirky videos that were showcased on his Vimeo page. His videos take everyday objects and turn them into something completely different: A ballpoint pen drawing on a piece of paper becomes a red pulse, or a close-up of water becomes the ripples of ocean waves crashing in slow motion.

Cho’s most recent project is called “Sonic Drawings.” The series involves him drawing with sound, using an audio input device to control the movements of his pen. He uses his iPad as an input device, connecting it to an electric guitar. He then draws pictures by applying pressure to the strings of the guitar, which causes sound waves—and thus vibrations—to emerge from the iPad’s speakers. The results are as mesmerizing as they are colorful.

“I’ve been working with vibration and sound as tools for creating art,” Cho told me over email. ” I think that these kinds of tools have not been explored thoroughly yet so I am trying to work out how it can be used as an artistic tool.”

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