A skilled painter with a pedagogical lineage that stretches back to Jacques Louis Davide, he is an exemplary practitioner of fine art whose conceptual practice resists categorization. De la Haba’s work explores themes of addiction, contemporary notions of masculinity and Duende, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity derived from pure artistic expression. It is from this place that the artist unlocks his true self—both in art and in life.
Since 2008, de la Haba has produced art-related ventures through his creative platform Bodega de la Haba. Notable projects include hosting literary events with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, curating a 40 year survey for celebrated artist Judy Rifka and producing and narrating Terrence Browne’s Irish art history musical, Hazel: Made In Belfast which premiered at Carnegie Hall. A devoted patron of the arts, de la Haba established the Carlos Collazo Scholarship at Artes Plasticas in San Juan, PR, in honor of the artist who died of AIDS in 1989.
De la Haba’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Salzach Biennial, Salzburg Arts Festival, Queens Museum, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Contemporary Istanbul, Design Week Milan, Mykonos Biennale, SCOPE Art Show, Art Miami and Art Southhampton. In 2009 de la Haba was the Artist-in-Residence at Jack the Pelican Presents where he firmly cemented his notoriety with a provocative body of work.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, de la Haba’s writings and artworks have been featured in The New York Times, Southampton Review, Rizzoli’s Irish America, New York Arts Magazine, Whitehot Magazine and Quiet Lunch. From 2014-2018 the artist co-owned and published Whitehot Magazine and Quiet Lunch. Currently, de la Haba is the International Editor for the art and culture magazine, Portray. In the Winter of 2020, his memoir, Curriculum Vitae: A Journey from Montauk, Elsewhere and Back, will be published by C&R Press.
De la Haba is represented by Geuer & Geuer Art GmbH in Dusseldorf, Germany. A native New Yorker, the artist lives and works in New York with his wife, Teresa, heir to New York’s legendary pub, McSorley’s Old Ale House, and their two boys, Matthew and Sebastian.