Internationally acclaimed, award winning artist, Cris Orfescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1991. He is a self-taught artist and also a degreed scientist who is experimenting for over 40 years with various media and art forms, including more recently: NanoArt.
“My art is a reflection of a technological movement, namely the development of nanotechnology which deals with the synthesis, manipulation and characterization of matter at the sub-100 nanometers level. I consider NanoArt to be a more appealing and effective way to communicate with students and the general public and to raise the awareness for nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.”
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 high-resolution 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’s work is shown internationally and he has won awards in the USA, Italy, France, Finland, Korea, UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Greece, Romania, etc. In addition to his numerous solo and group exhibitions, his art has been commissioned for public and private collectors. Cris’s NanoArt has received exceptional praise in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discovery News, Associated Press, PRI, PBS, etc.
Cris was also the organizer and curator of the first 3 editions of the International NanoArt Festival and the founder of NanoArt21
Title of ICPAM talk: NanoArt: Molecular, atomic, and sub-atomic sculptures and landscapes