Based in Macedonia, Orce finds inspiration for his abstract paintings in the colors of his country’s rich history dating back to antiquity. He is most interested in Byzantine frescoes, some of which still survive in his city of Skopje. The warm browns, rich oranges, and golden yellows seen in Byzantine art are visible in his work. When it comes to form, however, Orce looks to his modern surroundings. “My art is inspired by the urban surroundings… the architecture, street art, traffic, etc.,” he says. Orce describes his work as being drawn from Byzantine antiquity yet recounted in a contemporary language. The past and present merge in the artist’s abstract paintings.