Steve Kalcev belongs to the artistic trends of the post modernist period. He is a painter who has developed his own method of building the painting showing consistency in composition and semantic structure not allowing one-sided interpretations. Steve Kalcev conserves cultural imprints and situations from the societies of the past by incorporation of symbols and text into his work.
Born in Macedonia in 1950 he came from an artistic family, which nurtured the young boys’ talent and free thought. He attended the College of Fine Art in Skopje from 1968 until 1971 where he learnt the disciplines and theory of fine art as well as nurturing his natural talent.
In 1971 Steve Kalcev was offered a position to work on the conservation and restoration of Fresco paintings from the 14th Century Byzantine Basilica in Prilep, Macedonia. From 1971 to 1973 he was also invited as a consultant to the restoration programs in Germany, Austria. Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. This experience kindled his already keen interest in the development of culture and linguistics over time.
After extensive traveling working on commissions in restoration he settled back in Macedonia and began teaching. In 1976 he immigrated to Australia where he has spent his time developing an impressive portfolio of work.
He has been included in many corporate collections worldwide and his work can be seen on display in the Fairfax building in Sydney, among others. His paintings are also included in private collections in the UK, USA, Switzerland, Japan, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, New Zealand, Switzerland and France.