BiographyCris Orfescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, and lives and works in Los Angeles since 1991. He is a self-taught artist and also a degreed materials scientist who is experimenting for over 45 years with different media and art forms including digital art, murals, acrylic and oil painting, mixed media, faux painting, trompe l’oeil, collage, graphics, animation, web design, video, multimedia. For more than 30 years Cris is experimenting and perfecting a new art form, NanoArt, which reflects the transition from Science to Art through Technology. Orfescu was showing internationally his awarded works in USA, Italy, France, Finland, Korea, UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Greece in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His art was commissioned for public and private collectors.
"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." (Cris Orfescu)
"NANOdesign is a new discipline emerged from art and design interaction with science and technology. Everyday things and fashion are designed by reproducing structures and patterns from nano world (molecular and atomic landscapes)." (Cris Orfescu)
Surrealist Photography: channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of your imagination. Focus on dreams, psychoanalysis, and fantastic imagery. Impressionist Photography: captured images are digitally manipulated to create images without detail but with bold colors. Travel Photography: Animals, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Nature, People, Plants and Flowers, Places, Sports.
The New York Times
The Art of Nanotech
The New York Times - The Art of Nanotech "... artists face a fundamental hurdle trying to represent the molecular landscapes of various materials where features are measured in nanometers... For abstractionists like Mr. Orfescu though, such limitations are simply invitations to let color and shape-shifting run wild."
Extraordinary Beauty of the NanoArt World
Discovery News - Extraordinary Beauty of the NanoArt World "NanoArt is a glimpse into an unbelievably tiny world that only a small number of scientists have viewed. For the average person, the realm of nanotechnology -- that is, structures smaller than a billionth of a meter -- is as remote and inaccessible as the moon. But nanoartist Cris Orfescu wanted to change that. He created the NanoArt Exhibition to share the beauty of the nano-world with those of us living in the macro-world."
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal "Artist and scientist Cris Orfescu manipulates chemicals and creates nano-sculptures, which he then blows up into large artworks with a scanning electron microscope."
Associated Press "Cristian Orfescu of Los Angeles uses an electron microscope to create digital images of nano-structures. Orfescu, who is a scientist by day and nano artist at night, digitally paints the black-and-white images on a computer and then prints them either on canvas or fine art paper with long-lasting inks. Orfescu, who has a background in painting abstract art, has shown his nano artwork at galleries and museums and has sold many pieces to collectors."