Robert Llimós is a catalan artist from Barcelona (Spain), born in 1943 and who has been working mostly on paintings and sculpture since the mid
sixties. While not a world famous artist, his work has been featured in museums, public exhibits and private collections and has been recognized with
So, for a painter in this day and age, he was successful enough to make of his art his main occupation and his livelihood.
Everything changed in 2009: Llimós was in Fortaleza, in Brazil, taking a walk when he saw a UFO, shaped like a classic flying saucer hovering in the
air, half covered by clouds or fog. He started drawing the ship and taking some notes in his notebook.
After a time he saw lights coming from the ship and directed at him and he thought that he was being “scanned”, it was then that he saw two tall
beings looking at him from a rectangular window in the ship.
He identified them as male and female and, based on his paintings, they looked like some sort of “reptilian” with scaly skin. Llimós identified
them as male and female. One of the beings was taller than the other and the shorter one wore a tiara in her head; they were dressed in some kind of
coat (the male one) and dress (the female). At the beginning he says that he was fearful of being taken but says that somehow they calmed him (he
claims he didn’t hear any voices, more like a feeling).
He doesn’t know exactly how much time passed, but his guess is about two or three hours, before the experience ended. He also doesn’t remember
being inside the ship or even too close to it, but he thinks that he may have been closer because some of the details about the beings he remembers
when painting are too clear, so he assumes he may have seen them up close.
At some point the ship just kind of vanished in the clouds and he became aware of the sounds of the nature around him (birds, wind, etc.) coming back,
like if they were muted before.
This would be just another close encounter story except for one detail: the experience had a profound impact on him, from that moment forward Llimós
focused his work almost exclusively on depicting the beings and the ship he saw.
Most of his pictures and sculptures from 2009 until now focus on this theme.
This has caused him to be ridiculed and to lose most of his customers. For an artist who had a reputation and customers like banks or private
investors and was featured in exhibitions this is certainly strange and doesn’t make much sense, but he insists that he feels like he has a duty,
that he was chosen because of his artistic skills: he’s able to represent what he saw so the public is aware that ‘they’ exists and that they
are ‘aware’ of us.
He has been featured in some documentaries, interviews and TV shows since then, almost always focusing on his experience and showing him as a freak or
a madman, often ridiculing him.
Here’s the artist website, it has an english version and there’s a description of the encounter. You can also see his paintings, drawings and
There are also links to some videos, but they’re in spanish.
From what I’ve seen and read, he’s pretty consistent in his retellings of the story, he has a tendency to ramble on: like defining his work as
“space anthropology” or going on about theories about how Churchill knew about UFOs or how the CIA has actively worked to suppress some artistic
currents, but the core story remains the same.
It’s possible that his is just some kind of artistic performance, an artist running with a theme, but it’s strange that someone would willingly
choose to risk his livelihood or be publicly ridiculed and lose the prestige he had until then; but that wouldn’t be a first for an artist.
As with many other cases, we have only the experiencer version and little or no proof beyond that, so who knows?
edit on 17-12-2018 by Crusher
because: Corrected title so it shows properly