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NanoArt is a new art discipline related to the micro or nanosculptures created by artists or/and scientists through chemical or/and physical processes and visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes. The scientific images of these structures are captured from the advanced microscopes mentioned above and further processed using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for a large audience.

NanoArt should not be confused with Microphotography which is performed using an optical microscope with a photographic camera attached to it and renders flat images at low magnification. The depth and three dimensions achieved in NanoArt sets this imaging process apart from Photography where images are created by photons (particles of light) rather than by electrons (electrically charged particles) as in NanoArt. The electrons penetrate deeper inside the structure creating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than the photographic images.


Artist and scientist Cris Orfescu is mixing the realistic images of the nanosculptures he creates with abstract colors, digitally painting and manipulating the monochromatic electron scans and printing them on canvas or fine art paper with archival inks that last for a long period of time (giclée prints).

In Italy, artists Alessandro Scali and Robin Goode are creating nanometric artworks like nanosculptures and nanolitographies, invisible to human eyes. Artworks are made with the collaboration of a team of scientists from Politecnico of Torino, Italy.


NanoArt is aimed to raise the public awareness about the Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives. Nanotechnology deals with the synthesis, manipulation, and characterization of the matter that is under 100 nanometers in size. There are several major technological areas involved in the early stages of development: nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, nanosystems, and nanobiotechnology. Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary area and the general public should be aware of the fact that products derived from applying it could be extremely beneficial or extremely dangerous.


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