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Orce Nineski Skopje, Macedonia

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    My artwork belongs to abstract or colored field painting although there are associative elements too. I almost exclusively work on cotton stretched canvas painted with professional artist acrylic colors. My art is inspired by the urban surrounding accompanied by all its parts such as elements from the architecture, street art, traffic etc. Beside my series Borders which includes all the above mentioned elements, I simultaneously work on the series Overworld as well which is inspired by the Byzantium fresco-painting and my personal experience as curator with it. The biggest influence comes from the the founders of the Abstract Art and the contemporary artists as Sharon Booma, Rick Stevens, Paul Balmer, Tony Saladino, Morgan Cole etc. Recently, I have become a full-time artist I hope to get closer to the Western art audience and market.

    Artist Background

    University St.Cyril and Methodius
    Master of Arts, 2012

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