Art - Science - Technology


NanoArt International Online Exhibition founded by Cris Orfescu

The 2nd International Festival of NanoArt - Germany 2008 organized and curated by Cris Orfescu and art professor Dorothea Fleiss


“Extraordinary Beauty of the NanoArt World”, slide show published in 2011 on Discovery News

“The Art of Nanotech”, article published on January 25, 2008, in The New York Times

 “Arts Pionniers”, article published in the September 2006 issue of Stuff magazine in France.

“Technology enables cutting-edge curating for ‘Softcopy’ article published Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in The Northern Light, Anchorage, Alaska

“Abstract Images of Nanotechnology”, article published Friday, April 8, 2005 in Pasadena Star News, Los Angeles Newspaper Group


NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.

My art is a reflection of the technological movement. I consider NanoArt to be a more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to raise the awareness for Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives. Nanotechnology deals with the synthesis, manipulation and characterization of matter at the sub-100 nanometers level. Nanotechnology is still an emerging area although commercial products are already on the market. Nanotechnology is a very powerful combination of technologies that could be extremely beneficial or extremely dangerous, including life threatening. I think the best way to keep things under control is Knowledge. Not only governments and military should know about these developments, but the general public should be informed. My images being attractive to the public from the esthetic point of view awaken the curiosity of my audience. As a result, people ask questions and have open discussions around these new technologies.
I bring the small world in front of my audience by visualizing with a scanning electron microscope the nanolandscapes and nanosculptures I create by chemical and physical processing. I capture the monochromatic scans in a computer, and digitally paint and manipulate these images combining the realism of the scientific imaging with abstract coloring. I print the final artworks on canvas or fine art paper with archival inks specially formulated to last for a long period of time (giclée prints).
NanoArt is not Photography. The depth and three dimensions achieved in NanoArt set this process of electron imaging apart from Photography, where images are created by photons (particles of light) rather than by electrons (electrically charged particles). The electrons penetrate deeper in the structure creating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than the photographic images.

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NanoArt Gallery 2007


NanoArt Gallery 2006


NanoArt Gallery 2005


NanoArt Gallery 2001-2004


NanoArt Gallery 1989-2000