Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
My name is Michael Cuffe. I am an artist, photographer, filmmaker, musician, writer, lover, chef, and gardener. My current obsession in life is the world of contemporary art. Art is ever-evolving; I enjoy the newness of it.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m currently Editor in Chief at Warholian, a press-based arts publication situated in San Francsico, California. I am also a freelance editorial photographer for various magazines in addition to Warholian. I really love taking pictures and getting paid to do it, while building out my own portfolio.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I consider myself a dock-and-boat raised Minnesotan. I’m aiming to be a jet-setting, world-traveling, appreciative individual. Pleased with my pursuits, enjoying the contrast, and always asking for more.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Richard Branson of Virgin with a dash of Gordon Ramsey, Don Draper, Nancy Botwin, and Hank Moody thrown in the mix.
5: What book is your bible?
Ask and It Is Given by Abraham-Hicks, anything by David Sedaris also works when I need a laugh.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love my girl, Lyrica Glory. I love head rubs (by the former, even when she tires of such things), massages, and traveling. I love watching the evolution of things and noticing patterns within systems. I love solutions to problems. I love laughter. I love the creative process.
I try not to hate many things these days. I’ve learned that focusing on a problem only draws it into your existence. I’m kinda over that shit.
7: What is your raison d’être?
Manifesting a wonderful life in this time/space reality, and inspiring others to create.
8: What is your favorite color?
I love to wear black. It’s always been one of my favorites. Deep navy is a solid backup.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Wolverine, he’s seriously hard core. Spawn. Gambit. I was a huge comic book dork growing up, so it’s hard to narrow all my favorites down to just one.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I hate to say this, but I’ve never been to New York City. I know, it’s totally insane. I can’t believe I have yet to either, but I have a feeling like I’m going to have a good run sometime soon. I’m aiming to eat at every top NY style pizza joint. Then maybe over to Gordon Ramsey at The London for dinner. NY has so many amazing restaurants, I’d have a ﬁeld day.
11: What turns you on?
Meditation. Art supplies. Cameras. Fresh organic produce. Going out to eat. Cooking at home. The social scene. The unknown. Yogurt and Granola. Spending time alone in both my studio and nature. Playing music. Haagan Daz. Call of Duty on the Xbox. Apple products. Homemade tapioca pudding at 2am. 11:11.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Have you ever seen a UFO? Because I’ve seen a few.
Michael Cuffe is currently President/Editor-in-Chief at Warholian, a press-based arts publication situated in San Francsico, California. Warholian focuses on both emerging artists, and the communities that emerge around their particular aesthetics. “In a nutshell,” Cuffe explains, “we’re the Vanity Fair of the arts world. We provide solid factual information on artists, the shows to check out, and places where the arts scene is currently interesting. Then we also take lots of pictures… I guess to prove that we were there.”
Michael Cuffe spent eight years in the Hollywood ﬁlm industry working for Paramount Studios, as well as other large scale production houses, specializing in feature ﬁlm development on ﬁlms such as Constantine, Speed Racer, The Crazies, and various large budget features. After that Cuffe moved into consulting Silicon Valley based .com’s on viral media, guerilla marketing, viral marketing campaigns, SEO (search engine optimization) techniques, creative ad and media campaigns, as well as ﬁlm production ranging from commercials to extended length media pieces.
Cuffe is also an accomplished contemporary mixed media artist best known for his collage styled paper works that are often painted in multiple layers. His ﬁne art work ﬁrst gained notoriety during the Obama campaign, when his painting “The Hopeful Hearts Club,” his take on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Album, spread worldwide grabbing the attention of mainstream news media.
More recently, Cuffe has been recognized as one of the premier photographers covering the San Francisco art and social scene. His images have been featured in and on magazines worldwide.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Lyrica Glory
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Michael Cuffe, 2011, Photography by Lyrica Glory