Theo Altenberg has been active in so many artistic genres that it seems like a silly simplification to call him a painter.
There is an intriguing drama in his yummy olis-on-cardboard that hints to his other talents. In these seemingly random splashes and smears of mixed oily color, the viewer finds him- or herself looking for scenery, people, recognizable forms.
Whether this was Altenberg’s intention or not is irrelevant. What matters is that it gives us pause. We look. We see.
The 59-year-old Altenberg was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and lives in Berlin. He is an actor, singer, painter, photographer, writer, performer.
He’s even played the role of Andy Warhol in a 1991 film, Andy’s Cake, directed by Terese Panoutsopoulos. Most of Altenberg’s work and collaborations have taken place in Europe. — Tuija Seipell