Friday, October 20, 2006

Orfescu NanoArt Gallery

I create Art from Science using Technology. My art is a reflection of the technological movement. I consider NanoArt to be a more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to inform people about the new technologies of the 21st Century. NanoArt is intended to make the public aware of Nanotechnology and how will this impact our lives. Nanotechnology deals with the synthesis, manipulation and characterization of matter at the sub-100 nanometers level. Nanotechnology is still an emerging area although commercial products are already on the market. Nanotechnology is a very powerful combination of technologies that could be extremely beneficial or extremely dangerous, including life threatening. I think the best approach to control things is by gaining Knowledge. Not only governments and military should know about these developments, but the general public at large should be informed. My images being attractive to the public from the esthetic point of view awaken the curiosity of my audience. As a result, people ask questions and have open discussions around these new technologies, and this is good because people will take informed decisions.

I bring the small world in front of my audience through high resolution electron microscope scans of natural micro or nano-structures and nano-sculptures I create by physical or/and chemical processing. I paint digitally the monochromatic electron images and print them with archival inks on canvas or fine art paper. 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.

NanoArt is not Photography. The depth and three dimensions achieved in NanoArt sets this process of electron imaging apart from Photography, where images are created by photons (particles of light) rather than by electrons (electrically charged particles). The electrons penetrate deeper in the structure creating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than the photographic images.

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For details and more of Orfescu's NanoArt works please visit:

Thursday, October 19, 2006

NANOART 2006 Competition

Open to All Artists – Original Electron Microscope Working Image is provided

This is the first ever online NanoArt worldwide competition open to all artist 18 years and older. The purpose of this competition is to promote NanoArt as one of the new art disciplines of the 21st Century. NanoArt is a new art form where micro/nanosculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nanostructures are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscopes. The monochromatic electron microscope images are processed further to create a piece of art that can be showcased for a large audience to educate the public with creative images that are appealing and acceptable. To read more about NanoArt and Nanotechnology please visit

In these days, anyone could have access to these advanced tools at universities or independent labs for an hourly rate. For this competition, the sponsor, founded by artist/scientist Cris Orfescu (, will provide a high resolution monochromatic electron scan. The participating artists will have to alter this image in any artistic way to finish the artistic process and create a NanoArt work.

Submission deadline is December 31st, 2006.

The artworks entered this competition will be displayed online for voting starting January 1st, 2007 through March 31, 2007. Judging is via the Internet and decided by our site visitors. The sponsor reserves the final decision. Winners will be notified and published online around April 15, 2007.

One entry is allowed per artist. The Entry Form and the image file for web presentation should be sent by email to The web image file must be .jpg or .gif with the longer dimension of maximum 600 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi. A Working Image of approximate 3000 x 2300 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi will be provided by sponsor. This will be the original image (the scanning electron microscope image above) that should be converted by artist in a piece of art. This image will be used by artists for this competition only and is a working vehicle for the artists to exercise their talent and creativity. Copyright for this image remains with the Copyright of entered artworks remains with the artist who agrees to grant permission to to use the submitted material in exhibits on the web site and other media for marketing and printing. For complete competition details and to download the Entry Form and Working Image please visit: