Apart from being an exceptionally skilled painter with a pedagogical lineage that stretches back to the great Neoclassicist Jacques-Louis David, de la Haba is a gambler in more ways than one. Hosting casino nights in his loft where a 14' craps table takes center stage the artist spent more than 10 years at Belmont and Saratoga racetracks handicapping the ponies-and winning, to the point where he became horse owner, stepping into the winner's circle on more than one occasion (hence the horse iconography in his work).
Selected solo and group exhibitions by de la Haba include: 'SWELL' Nyehaus Gallery, NYC, 'Equus Maximus' Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn; "Queens International 4" Queens Museum; Lange Nacht der Museen, Museum of Contemporary Trash Art, Berlin; Salzburg Arts festival, Austria, "Dawn of a New Era" New York Studio Gallery, "Surfboards and Skateboards" WEA Museum, Miami; Various art fairs from NYC, Los Angeles, Basel and Miami; "The Virtue Of Vice" White Box, NYC; Tacheles, Berlin and Salzach Biennale, Austria, Amstel Gallery Amsterdam and NYC, META gallery Monaco to name a few.
De la Haba created the murals for Sean MacPherson's Roger Room in Los Angeles,Temple Bar in Caesar's Palace, Atlantic City and most recently for Armin Armiri's Mister H. inside the new Mondrian Hotel (Morgans Hotel Group) in Chinatown NYC.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard University de la Haba's writings and artworks have been published in numerous publications including the Southampton Review, Rizzoli's Irish America and New York Arts magazine as well as a video interview with Jean Wainwright for The Art Newspaper; he is featured in the latest documentary by notable Hollywood director Michael Knowles 'Gambling In Art, A Story of Six New York Artists Who've Gone All In' and de la Haba collaborated with award winning playwright Mike Gorman on a 'dramatic performance and art installation' at the venerable La MaMa theater in New York's East Village.
Gregory de la Haba is among the movers and shakers in and around NYC. His work can be found in many art collections around the world and he keeps on working and creating new projects and art works. He and his wife, Teresa, own and operate the oldest bar in New York City, McSoreley's Old Ale House, its little wonder de la Haba, it seems is truly the "man about town".
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