“…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)

“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… Although you may be interested in learning what the image is, Orfescu wants the public to see the nano-world independent of its source, for just its simple beauty” (Discovery News)

“Artist and scientist Cris Orfescu manipulates chemicals and creates nano-sculptures, which he then blows up into large artworks with an electron scanning microscope.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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.

“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)

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.

“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.” (translated from the French magazine Stuff)

“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 colours, 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.” (The Alchemical City)


March 2006, Los Angeles, California, 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, California, 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, California, USA – First Place Award in the New Media category at the AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS art show
October 2005, Burbank, California, USA – Honorable Mention – juried competition
September 2005, Rome, Italy – Finalist in the DIGITALLY 2005 juried competition
May 2005, Santa Monica, California, USA – Honorary Best in Show Award – Backstreet gallery juried competition
December 2004, Rome, Italy – Finalist in the BEYOND BOUNDARIES 2004 juried competition

Selected Exhibitions

March 2014, Austin, Texas, USA – NanoArt Installation, Demo, Panel, and Talk at STEAM3 conference at the University of Texas
December 2012 – February 2013, San Diego, California, USA – Coalesce Gallery Featured Artist
March 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel – NanoArt 21 Group Exhibition at NanoIsrael 2012
April 2011, Beacon, New York, USA – bau76 Group Show
November 2010, Tel Aviv, Israel – GUEST ARTIST – NanoArt Exhibition at NanoIsrael 2010
September-October 2010, San Sebastian, Spain – NanoArt21 Exhibition at PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE Festival
May 2010, Los Angeles, USA – NANOART AND FASHION – EM&Co Gallery
March–April 2010, Torrance, USA – CULTURES AND SUBCULTURES – El Camino College
June 2009, Prague, Czech Republic – NanoArt21 Exhibition at EURONANOFORUM – Prague Congress Centre
March-April 2009, San Diego, USA – NANOART SOLO SHOW – San Diego Science Festival
November 2008, Stuttgart, Germany – THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANOART – NAHVISION Institute for International Culture Exchange, artist and show curator
November-December 2008, Torrance, USA – ENERGETIC LIGHT – El Camino College
June 2008, San Diego, USA – NANOART MULTIMEDIA SHOW – 2008 BIO International Convention
April-May 2008, Boston, USA – NANOART SLIDE SHOW – Boston Museum of Science, Cambridge Science Festival
April 2008, Boston, USA – 45ft x 30ft DIGITAL MURAL – WGBH TV Station
March 2008, Florence, Italy – SCIENZA ED ARTE – University of Florence
December 2007, La Jolla, USA – NANOART EXTRAVAGANZA – Nano Tumor Center, University of San Diego
November 2007, New Jersey, USA – EYE TRICKS – Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University
September-October 2007, Paris, France – OPEN ART 2007 – Villepinte Espace V Gallery
September-October 2007, Paris, France – OPEN ART 2007 – Atelier Grognard Gallery, Rueil-Malmaison
September 2007, Los Angeles, USA – ASTO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL – ASTO Museum of Art
July 2007, Madrid, Spain – VIRTUAL SOLO SHOW – Espacio Kubiko Gallery
May 2007, Kotka, Finland – THE 1st INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANOART – Kotka Photographic Center, show curator
May 2007, Seoul, Korea – ASTO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL – National Assembly Library of Korea
May 2007, Kotka, Finland – NANOART SOLO SHOW – Kotka Photographic Center
April 2007, Seoul, Korea – 2007 GWANGWHAMOON INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL – Seojong Center
February-March 2007, Long Beach, USA – 1st LA INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL 2007
November 2006, Dublin, Republic of Ireland – ART IRELAND
November-December 2006, jFerrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA – Figure It Out
November-December 2006, Studio 246 Gallery, San Diego, California, USA – Featured Artist
October-November 2006, Chania, Greece – THE 4th INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL CHANIA 2006
April-July 2006, San Pedro, California, USA – ON SITE AT THE GATE 2006, juried exhibition, Angels Gate Gallery
April-June 2006, San Diego, California, USA – 2006 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EXHIBITION, sponsored by SONY at the Museum of the Living Artist
April 2006, Manizales, Colombia – THE 5th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE IMAGE, Caldas University
April 2006, Anchorage, Alaska, USA – SOFTCOPY, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska
March 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA – TOP 40, juried exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
February 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA – group show, Infusion Gallery
January-February 2006, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA – 12 X 12, A National Juried Exhibition of Small Scale Works of Art – Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University
December 2005, Florence, Italy – THE 5th INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Fortezza da Basso
December 2005, Miami, Florida, USA – MASTERS MYSTERY ART SHOW 2005
September 2005 – March 2006, Binghamton, New York, USA – THE 15th INTERNATIONAL MINI PRINT EXPO, Roberson Museum and Science Center
October 2005, Beverly Hills, California, USA – AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS
October 2005, Burbank, California, USA – LEARNING AND PRODUCT EXPO: ART, Hilton Airport and Convention Center
September-October 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA – SNAP TO GRID, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
August-September 2005, Pomona, California, USA – THE 2nd LATINO ART BIENNALE, Museum of Latino Art
July 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – WORLD MARKET CENTER DEBUT, Las Vegas Convention Center
June – July 2005, Hermosa Beach, California, USA – HERMOSA BEACH ART WALK
June 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA – Bank of America Plaza
May 2005, Beverly Hills, California, USA – AFFAIRE IN THE GARDENS
May 2005, Santa Monica, California, USA – Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
April 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA – NANOART and PHOTOGRAPHY
February 2005, North Hollywood, California, USA – TWO MEN SHOW
November 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA – NANOART 2004, solo show

Commissions and Personal Collections

Governor Kathleen Blanco of LouisianaNanoFireball02
Chaya Horrowitz, Manhattan Beach, California
Julian Kovacs, Toluca Lake, California
Dr. Raffaele La Ferla, Redondo Beach, California
Dr. Larissa Malinovskaya, Torrance, California
Van and Jerry Callaghan, Redondo Beach, California
Judy and Carey Gordon, Los Angeles, California
Flora and Felipe Bautista, Los Angeles, California
Heather Cassano, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Michael Koenig, Santa Monica, California

Public or Institutional Collections

A.P.Smiley & Sons, Los Angeles, California
La Casa Decor, Los Angeles, California
South End Racquet and Tennis Club, Torrance, California
Caleb Technology Corporation, Torrance, California
Growing Garden School, Redondo Beach, California
Papadatos S. A. Tourism – Hotels, Heraklion, Greece