I experimented for over 50 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, and photography. During my university years, I studied micro/nano technology and the physics of materials at submicron level. For the last 40 years, combining my scientific with my artistic backgrounds, I developed and refined my NanoArt process of creating, visualizing, and exhibiting sculptures and landscapes at atomic and molecular scales. In parallel, my interest for the subconscious mind and the work of Salvador Dali, the master of the subconscious imagery inspired me in my Surrealist Photography works. I found similarities between NanoArt and Surrealist Photography. For daydreamers, both art forms boost imagination and creativity. The artworks can not be seen in real life, either due to the physical limitations of the human eye (1 nanometer is about 100000 times smaller than diameter of human hair) or because channel the unconscious as a mean to unlock the power of imagination focused on dreams, psychoanalysis, and fantastic imagery.
"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)
Surrealist Photography is focused on dreams, psychoanalysis, and fantastic imagery. Rejecting a rational vision in favor of the unconscious and dreams, artists found strange beauty in the unconventional. They stress the subconscious by using effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.
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."