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NanoArt – Original Digital File - Nano sculpture created by drying a tiny drop of colloidal graphite (graphite particles in a liquid suspension) on an aluminum foil. The dried structure was dipped in Liquid Nitrogen at 196 degrees Celsius bellow zero (320 degrees Fahrenheit bellow zero) to generate spectacular cracks at micro and nano scales. The final structure was visualized with a scanning electron microscope and the image was digitized and captured in a computer. The monochromatic image was digitally painted and signed by the artist. If you would like to see this image in a 3D virtual gallery copy and paste in your browser the following link: I am one of the pioneers of this art form. Some say that I am the father of the conscious NanoArt. I defined the NanoArt, founded the Academy of NanoArt ( and the organization NanoArt 21, a group of about 50 nanoartists all over the world ( I authored the “NanoArt: Nanotechnology and Art” chapter from “Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts: Scientific Data through Graphics” and other writings. I founded The First Permanent Exhibition of NanoArt ( I already organized 7 editions of The NanoArt International Online Competitions, 5 editions of The International Festival of NanoArt, The K12 International NanoArt Gallery (, and numerous shows in brick-and-mortar galleries worldwide. A number of 93 artworks authored by NanoArt 21 nanoartists will be exhibited in The First Museum of Art on the Moon ( 4 of my artworks have been included in this museum. Here are some press excerpts regarding my artistic activity: “...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 nanoworld 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 a scanning electron microscope.” (The Wall Street Journal). “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). “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). “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 microuniverses.” (The Alchemical City).

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Images of molecular and atomic scales ephemeral sculptures (structures created by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical reactions and/or physical processes) and landscapes (natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) visualized with advanced microscopes like scanning electron microscope (nano is about 100000 times smaller than human hair), captured in a computer, digitally painted and manipulated, and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.

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