Desire Obtain Cherish

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American, b. 1975
“Ideas win today in our society…. I ingest, then digest. Art is really just a mirror of ourselves.” – DOC
Since his emergence as a street artist in the early 2000s, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) has become known as a pop sculptor working across a wide variety of different media and a combination of styles including street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art. His controversial art work explores contemporary desires and obsessions with sex, gender, drugs, commerce, media and fame. Transporting controversial, satirical messages, DOC’s vibrantly colorful, entertaining and impeccably produced art exposes society’s inability to control itself and examines the commercial promise of fulfillment and happiness that ends in dependency. Meant to have an impact on its audience, DOC employs sarcasm to tackle and provoke society’s value system. Aiming to avoid the conventional, stereotypical standards of “good taste” in art, his ideas are more in line with contemporary commerce and marketing methods than traditional artisan methods. The esteemed New Yorker art critic Benjamin Genocchio characterized DOC’s work as “not malicious, even if his works cut to the bone. He is more like our social conscience, delivering up uncomfortable and unpleasant truths wrapped in the most beautiful and seductive of packages.”

Born in 1975 in Salinas, California, DOC graduated from the nationally acclaimed Parson’s School of Design with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Since his debut in a street art gallery in Los Angeles (2011), he has risen to prestigious solo shows worldwide. His work has propelled with unusual fervor amid collectors and the public respectively. Desire Obtain Cherish lives and works in Los Angeles.


AA Hartnell College – Magna Cum Laude
BFA Parsons School of Design – Magna Cum Laude



To The Victor Belongs The Spoils, UNIX Gallery, New York, NY


Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Art Miami, Miami FL Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Palm Beach, FL


Art16, London, UK
Art New York, New York, NY
Art Central, Hong Kong
Art Southampton, Bridgehampton, NY

Art Beijing, Beijing, CHN
Art Aspen, Aspen, CO

LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

Servant To In nite Distraction, UNIX Gallery, New York, NY

Feast For The Eyes, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY


Sweet Sensations, WIlliam Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

Art Miami, Miami, FL
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
Art15, London,
Art Miami New York, New York,
Art Southampton, Bridgehampton, NY
Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX


We Are Known By The Company We Keep, UNIX Gallery, New York, NY
Addict, Bluerider Art, Taiwan
Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico, MX
Art Miami, Miami, FL
Art Toronto, Toronto, CAN
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

Art Southampton, Southampton, NY


KM Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Bel Aire Fine Art, Switzerland
McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galen At The Galen, Palm Springs Art Museum ,CA


UNIX Gallery, Miami, FL


Lab Art, Los Angeles, CA


Joseph and Diana Dimenna, New York, NY
Diplo, Los Angeles, CA

The Mandarin Oriental, New York, NY
Gilbert Benhamou, Miami, FL

Dirk Nowitzki, New York, NY

Andrei Kirilenko, New York, NY

Chris and Richard Mack., New York, NY

Stephen Mack, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA

The Ecclestone Collection, London, UK and Los Angeles, CA
The Feinberg Collection, Los Angeles, CA
La Laliberté Collection, Quebec, CAN
Jose Martos, São Paulo, Brazil