The artist Ángel Haché

On the occasion of the important donation of drawings and paintings of Ángel Haché by his wife, Dominican painting teacher, Elsa Núñez, it has been a pleasure to say in the Media Center of León, some words, dedicated to the versatile talent of an artist, who he was illustrated in the theater - outstanding professional delivery as a director, actor, and teacher - in the cinema - being a scriptwriter, producer and director - and also in the visual arts, his subjects, his techniques, particularly drawing.

For five decades, an extraordinary trade and skill covered infinite proposals and aesthetic concerns, almost always exploring the human figure, a representation that extended to sacred art and a transcendental intensity, since Ángel Haché was a man of faith, in religion, in work , in the life.

Despite his discretion and reserve in personal matters, contrasting with his taking a firm and courageous position in the social, educational and artistic field, despite a disinterested attitude towards everything that concerned him, Ángel Haché lived an absolute motivation, her love for Elsa Núñez, the great companion for more than 45 years, sharing her responsibilities and her ideals, finally her itinerary through time, home and creation.

Focusing on the donated works, we refer particularly to the collection Cardboard figures, made in 2013, symbiosis of poetry, drawing and painting, which can be considered his masterpiece; from inspiration and conception to technical qualities. This series is also the most contemporary expression in the art of Ángel Haché. In mixed techniques, which accentuate collage and painting, they continue to impress the fifteen images, visualized from a poem written in 1965.

Here, the artist draws, with skill and caution, the pictorial pigments and incorporates them, subtly and effectively, in his incomparable black and white anatomist's trade. Master in the male and female nude, he presents his creatures almost always hieratic, as symbols of the human condition, pure and uncovered, from the first image and the first verses. It should be noted that each work is titled, the verses that Ángel Haché transcends in strokes, strokes and glued.

Remembering this historical period of the Dominican struggle, poetic writing created the plastic discourse. Verses and images transmit the sacrifice and death of anonymous heroes, the courage and fragility of the just, finally the rebirth of hopes. The emotional commotion of the artist masterfully liberated the pictorial energies, heartbreaking and torn: we enjoyed Ángel Haché's ability in figuration and his multiple configurations within the space.

"Affirming as a theater director requires both reinventing a text and projecting it fully, transforming actors into characters, superimposing dramatic fiction and creating a world." So we had presented Ángel Haché, theater man, exemplary and demanding. It could be said almost the same of the artist of Cardboard figuresHere, by reaffirming himself as a painter and draftsman, he reinvents a text of his, projects it to the fullest, transforms words into characters, superimposes poetic fiction and the creation of a visual world.

Now, Ángel Haché has distinguished himself, although with less frequency, in the "painting / painting", sharing up pictorial series with Elsa Núñez. We discover different signs of identification: richness of the palette, diversity of the ranges of colors and shades, variations of pigment and matter.

En Singing to nature, set that includes the donated paintings, the pictorial material reaches density and thickness, suggesting mineral structures, aquatic depths, penetrating into the bowels of the earth, or the texture is lightened, quasi transparent, evoking coral formations and blooms.

From one painting to another, Ángel Haché, obviously fascinated, travels through the realms of nature, his reality and his fantasy. Flora and fauna meet, mix, transform. Man is absent: a deserved absence for his destructive role!

Marianne from Tolentino
Art critic

Ángel Haché (San Pedro de Macoris, 1943-Santo Domingo, 2016)
Song to Nature VIII. 2010
Mixed media on canvas
61 x 91.7 cm
Donation of Elsa Núñez
Eduardo León Jimenes Visual Arts Collection