Artist Statement

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 and manipulation of matter at sub-100 nanometers level. I bring the small world in front of my audience by visualizing with a scanning electron microscope the nanolandscapes I discover at atomic and molecular scales and the 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 different than Photography. The depth and three dimensions achieved in NanoArt set this process of electron imaging apart from Photography, where images are created by photons. The electrons penetrate deeper in the structure creating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than the photographic images.


Cris 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 scientist who is experimenting for over 40 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 he is experimenting and perfecting a new art form, NanoArt, which reflects the transition from Science to Art through Technology.


• March 2006, Los Angeles, USA - Winner in the international juried competition TOP 40 at Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts
• February 2006, London, UK – Diploma of Excellence in the international juried competition REAL-TIME
• September 2005, Los Angeles, USA - Winner in the 2006 Emerging Artist Calendar juried competition
• August 2005, London, UK - World of Art Award for the Best in Art and Creativity
• May 2005, Beverly Hills, USA - First Place Award in the New Media category at the AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS art show
• October 2005, Burbank, USA – Honorable Mention - juried competition
• September 2005, Rome, Italy – Finalist in the DIGITALLY 2005 juried competition
• May 2005, Santa Monica, USA - Honorary Best in Show Award - Backstreet gallery juried competition
• December 2004, Rome, Italy - Finalist in the BEYOND BOUNDARIES 2004 juried competition
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Personal Info

  • (310) 397-2592
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA


Orfescu's NanoArt in international press

... 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.

The New York Times

The Art of Nanotech
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.

Discovery News

Extraordinary Beauty of the NanoArt World
Is it art or is it science? NanoArt is both: arresting images of matter at the molecular and atomic scale captured under an electron microscope. "The creation of the sculpture at atomic and molecular scales and the discovery of the structures is the most significant part " (of the process), says Mr. Orfescu.

The Wall Street Journal

NanoArt's Tiny Masterpieces
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."We are now basically in a new Renaissance with art and technological development... My art is a reflection of this technological movement. Nano art is a more appealing way to inform people about these new technologies." Orfescu said.

Associated Press

Nano art: Molecular-level creativity
Shouting their presence in loud shades of red, blue, and yellow, artist and scientist Cris Orfescu's images look first like abstract pieces. The colorful curves, angular lines, and sudden bursts that command the canvases appear to be the fantastical expression of the artist's whim and creative taste... Orfescu's partner in the exhibit, photographer Rick Chinelli, said "personally, I think that Cris works on another level, both physically and mentally."

Pasadena Star News

Small wonder Nanotechnology
... Cris Orfescu is one of the most actual artists, a child of our time, a post-literary epoch, when we experiment the co-existence, even merging of fields heretofore exhibiting autonomous profiles in time: that is, philosophy, art, and science/technology... Every solo show by Cris Orfescu is a cutting-edge show of post-literature (I also named it, Leonardo’s paradigm), a true memento of our epoch, where philosophy, art and science/technology (nanotechnology) are intermingled. Modulations of dynamic forms, vital intensity of radiant, bright, and expressive colors, structured by a wild harmony of the invisible world, are all subordinated to a secret music of spheres. In all his assertions, Cris is convinced that the old language of art is no longer adequate for the human actual consciousness. Cris Orfescu is a Fauvist of the micro-universes.

Alchemical City

Severin’s Choice: Cris Orfescu
Now, with new technology developed over the past decade, a number of scientists — or part-scientists, part-artists — are not only observing the atomic landscape but shaping it, creating miniscule sculptures and other works known as NanoArt. Orfescu says “NanoArt could be for the 21st century what photography was for the 20th Century.”

Public Radio International

Scientists are becoming artists, thanks to 'NanoArt'
Cris Orfescu lives in a fun universe populated by phantasmagoric creatures which one would say come from another planet... In his studio-lab he is having a good time sculpting the imperceptible.

Stuff Magazine, France

Arts Pioneers
Cristian Orfescu, whose medium is scanning electron microscope images, calls his artform, NanoArt. Softcopy exhibits two of his works, both brilliant, jewel-colored pieces printed on 8 1/2’’ by 11’’ paper. They feature vivid tone-on-tone color schemes that vibrate with life.

The Northern Light

Technology enables cutting-edge curating for ‘Softcopy’
There might be some other nano technologists to have performed similar things like me. To me the historical contribution of Mr. Cris Orfescu was that he raised the beauty of nano structures to the art level, thus, he became the founder of NanoArt organization and he created a new branch of art - the NanoArt. I believe that he is the first "conscious" NanoArtist. You may feel the difference between a "spontaneous" NanoArtist and a "conscious" NanoArtist.

Nanotechnology Now

What led me to publish a new book - What is the NanoArt?
The whole concept of nano subverts the conventional idea of addressing macro issues. It’s a little like compressing them and viewing them in a cluster to see common threads. It also tries to bring into focus the role of technology and digital media in the realm of art. If one looks into the work of Orfescu, it is evident that he is trying to create an awareness of nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.

InFlight Magazine, India

Small is Beautiful
In honor of the Cambridge Science Festival, on April 26 the WGBH's LED digital mural (30-foot-by-45-foot) will feature the work of Cris Orfescu. As part of this year's Cambridge Science Fair, the Boston Museum of Science will be featuring NanoArt, an exhibition intended to promote a greater understanding of nanotechnology among the general public. Nanohedron will present a slide show featuring Orfescu's works along with other nanoartists.


NanoArt on WGBH's Digital Mural


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