Wednesday, April 19, 2006

NANOART at the Museum of the Living Artist

Cris Orfescu's NanoArt work "Landscape 1" has been selected for the 2006 International Digital Exhibition sponsored by Sony. The exhibition runs at the Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego Art Institute, April 29 - June 11, 2006.

Established in 1940, The San Diego Art Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a center for regional artists and for the advancement of the Visual Arts through education, exhibition and outreach. A new exhibition of work by talented regional artist's opens every six weeks in this specially designed 10,000 sq.ft. State-of-the-art gallery space located in the heart of Balboa Park. These juried exhibits display works in all fine visual arts mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink, collage mixed media, photography, digital and sculpture.

Gala Reception: Saturday, April 29, from 6pm to 9pm
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Call to reserve tickets: (619) 236-0011

NANOART is a new art form where micro/nano-sculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nano-structures are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope. Since there is no light involved in the creation of the images of these structures/sculptures, Nanoart is different than Photography where the images are created by the particles of light, called photons. Nanoart images are created by different kinds of particles. For example, in Scanning Electron Microscope, the images are created by electrons (electrically charged particles) which penetrate dipper in the structure generating images with more depth, more natural 3D than the photographic images. Artist/scientist Cris Orfescu is taking further steps, mixing the realistic images of the micro/nano-structures with abstract colors, digitally painting the monochromatic electron scans and printing them with archival inks on canvas or fine art paper (giclee prints). This way, the scientific images become artworks and could be showcased for a large audience to educate the public with creative images that are appealing and acceptable.

To view some of Orfescu's work, visit

Monday, April 03, 2006

NANOART at Kimura Gallery

Cris Orfescu's NanoArt work was selected for the "Softcopy" exhibition at Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, April 3-17, 2006.

This exhibition includes works of visual artists utilizing a digital description in the creative process, i.e. a digital file intended to be printed, or a digital file as a plan for a work of Art, or instructions for a work of Art. This exhibition is a collaboration between Artists who submit digital files, and the UAA Department of Art, which selected and realized the data, and designed the gallery exhibition.

Here is a fragment from "Technology enables cutting-edge curating for ‘Softcopy’" article by Meaghan Howard, in April 11, 2006 issue of The Northern Light:

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. Orfescu pointed out the unique quality of his images compared to other photography — his do not require light.

“Since there is no light involved in the image creation,” Orfescu said, “NanoArt is different than photography where the images are generated by particles of light (photons). The scanning electron microscope images are generated by electrons which penetrate deeper in the structure, creating images with more depth, more natural 3-D look than the photographic images.”

To view more of Orfescu's work visit