NanoArt and Surrealist Photography

    

Did you have your mother taking care of all your art assignments during your elementary school years like I did? During the first 5 grades, my mom used to do all my art projects. But in the 6th grade, I surprised her and finished all my art projects without help. Amazing how a crush on the art teacher could change one's life! I even had one of my paintings in a national art salon in Bucharest, Romania (my birth country). In the 8th grade, I received honorable mention for one of my collages that came in the 4th place in a national competition. And that's how my artistic-scientific journey began. 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 microtechnology and materials at submicron level. In the same time, I became interested in nanotechnology as a cutting edge technology and as a potential source for my artworks. For the last 40 years, combining my scientific with my artistic backgrounds, I developed and refined my NanoArt artistic-scientific process of creating, visualizing, and exhibiting sculptures and landscapes at atomic and molecular scales. In parallel, my interest for the unconscious mind and the work of Salvador Dali, the master of the subconscious imagery inspired me in my Surrealist Fine Art Photography works. I found similarities between NanoArt and Surrealist Photography. For daydreamers both art forms boost imagination and creativity. Artworks can't be seen in real life, either due to the physical limitations of the human eye (1 nanometer is about 100000 times smaller than one human hair) or because channel the unconscious as a mean to unlock the power of imagination focused on dreams, psychoanalysis, and fantastic imagery.

Personal Info

NanoArt and Surrealist Photography

NanoArt

"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

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.

Press

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."

Discovery News

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

NanoArt

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

NanoArt

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."

NanoArt Blog
NanoArt Gallery
Contact