Microscopic art

Artist Martin Oeggerli explores unknown worlds in his work and enables people to see things in ways they have never experienced before. Two of his images of the microscopic world now adorn a pair of particularly beautiful stamps.

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The artist, who has a doctorate in molecular biology, uses a scanning electron microscope to capture subject matter such as pollen, fleas and  invisible tiny leaf landscapes. He then transitions into his role as artist: with painstaking precision, he colours the black-and-white original photographs down to the finest detail. The results are precise, colourful and large-format depictions of an exotic and generally unknown microscopic world. His images are published in prestigious specialist magazines and exhibited internationally. The one-franc stamp features a petal from the artist’s partner’s favourite rose. The original version of the art print measures 1.80 × 1.35 metres. The second piece depicts the tiny pollen of the forget-me-not. “Once I realized that it was in the same size range as bacteria, I was finally able to capture an image of the smallest pollen in the world,” explains the multi-award-winning artist.

Artist Martin Oeggerli with a laptop and microscope – his most important tools
Art card

The elegant art postcard in A4 size includes two cancelled original stamps and is numbered and signed by the artist Martin Oeggerli. Offset and embossed foil printing, paper 250 gm2.

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Creation of the works of art: SRF video (only available in German)

Gallery with further remarkable images and information about the artist:

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Technical information


Philately: from 30.4.2020 to 30.6.2021 or while stocks last
Branches: from 7.5.2020 to 30.6.2021 or while stocks last


Unlimited from 7.5.2020


Offset, 4-colour; Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France


Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Sheet: 194 × 140 mm 
(4 rows of 5 stamps)


White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²




Martin Oeggerli, Münchenstein (supported by the School of Life Sciences FHNW, Muttenz and the Pathology Department at the University Hospital Basel)