This month you can catch Artist Mike Altman's work
at Cincinnati Restaurant Habanero Latin Flare
in Clifton (Gas Light District)
Questions by Thwart
Answers by Mike Altman
What initially inspired you to pursue making art?
I have always known that I wanted to be an artist...
I never said policeman or fireman, or male nurse
when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up
...still working on that growing up thing.
Can you further explain the decision
you make using recycled materials?
The cardboard is a two-prong initiative. 1- the green factor,
the cardboard would eventually cost us as a people
who live on this planet, either by ending up in a dump
or even if recycled, using
energy to do so.
How did you attain the cardboard for your works
at Habanero or in general? Those are some
big pieces of cardboard.
Dumpsters, trash after someone
buys a flat screen, new fridge or sofa.
The pieces you are showing at your
recent Habanero exhibit seem playful
and project a certain level of innocence.
What feelings do you wish your
art to convey? Do you have a ‘theme’?
I like to make people smile.
Fun colorful work seems to accomplish that.
Where else have you displayed your art?
Indiana, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, New York, and my mom's fridge door
Any future showings lined up?
A show in Indianapolis on Jan 3 at the
Murphy Art Center in the upland brewery
gallery space (one night only)
How do you measure success?
Integrity, consistency of faith
and a happy wife and kids
Any last words you want everyone
to know about you and/or your work?
Check out my website for some more pics and
contact info, and I also have a facebook
page that you can post work to
after you have purchased from me.
I would like to, in the name of Habanero,
ask what your favorite menu item is
and what you like about Habanero...
2 Dollar Taco Tuesday keeps me coming back…
The people of Habaneros are great.
The relationship with art and artists
is uncommon for a food joint...