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Fearing a severe beating one evening in the early 1960s, a boy named Ionel Talpazan hopped out of his bedroom window and ran into the dusky fields of the Romanian countryside. What happened next would greatly shape his life: As Talpazan, 8, stood in the fields, a bright blue light shined down from an approaching aerial craft, then vanished. Transfixed by the source of the mysterious blue light, Talpazan would spend his adulthood attempting to answer questions about life on Earth — and elsewhere — through art.
The subject and systems that Talpazan mastered are all about an experience he says he had at 8 years old when he was abducted by aliens in Romania, brought aboard their spacecraft, and released. As with most abductees, he believes he may have been “probed” as well. (Aliens have a real need for human semen and eggs, it seems — the former especially.) Untrained but possessed by the experience, he spent the next decades of his life drawing this spacecraft, the cosmos as it was revealed to him, the planets, solar system, other worlds, while delving into systems of propulsion, mechanics, and electromagnetic forces; often color-coding works; and forever painting, drawing, and even making sculptures.
Talpazan’s work wowed art fans throughout the world, but he especially coveted the praise of one not-so-artsy group: NASA. Indeed, Talpazan hoped the American space agency would someday recognize his work for its scientific sensibilities, as Talpazan believed he used magnetism and antimatter well to describe the inner-workings of UFOs.
Mr. Talpazan rendered his U.F.O.s in various guises. Some adhered to an illustrational realism; others were abstract and heavily patterned like mandalas. Some works showed a single U.F.O. lifting off from an unidentified planet. Others showed multiple saucers engaged in battle or disappearing into a wormhole.