He was born in 1935 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Poster Atelier of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. His first solo exhibition was held in 1964 in Istanbul and it was recognized as the first Turkish graphic design exhibition. In 1968 he pioneered the establishment of the Association of Graphic Artists. In 1976 he became a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, School of Applied Industrial Arts, and he was appointed as the director of the school in 1979. He was the chairman of the Professional Association of Graphic Designers in 1982 and from 1987 to 1993. He held exhibitions in Turkey and abroad, and participated in many collective exhibitions.
He showed his artworks in international biennials and triennials in different countries. By virtue of 60. birthday, he invited selected graphic designers worldwide and held an international poster exhibition in 1995 in Istanbul. Eventually he initiated the establishment of the international poster archive in Mimar Sinan University, Department of Graphic Design, with the posters sent to the exhibition.
He became a professor in 1995, was appointed as the chair of the Department of Graphic Design in 1996, and as a member of the board of directors of Mimar Sinan University in 2001. Altıntaş has retired from the same university in 2002.
A number of his works were accepted by museums and archives in countries such as Switzerland, Poland, France, and the USA. He received various national awards. In 2004, he was awarded Icograda Achievement Award by ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) due to his contributions in Turkish graphic arts. In 2009, he was selected as a member to AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). In 2011 he received the “Artist of Honor Award” of the TÜYAP 21st Istanbul International Art Fair. In 2012 he was awarded the Gloria Artis Medal, a decoration in Arts awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.