Ionel Talpazan, an outsider artist from Romania who sold his visionary works of U.F.O.s and life in outer space on the sidewalks of Manhattan before being discovered in the late 1980s, died on Sept. 21 in Manhattan. He was 60...This article is striking because of the rather bland way it addresses the claims of UFO contact. It is written without a hint of derision. It states plainly that Talpazan had a close up sighting of a mysterious craft that left him confused, and he set about rendering his UFO visions. Mr. Talpazan stated, “I felt that by drawing them, I might penetrate their mystery.”
Mr. Talpazan claimed that one night in the Romanian countryside, when he was 8, a strange, hovering shape slowly descended from the sky, enveloping him in a celestial blue light, and then disappeared. The experience haunted him and became the source of his art.
This sounds very much like the obsessiveness found in in most UFO abductees.
Ionel Talpazan, pictured in 1999 with his painting “Father and Son in Space.”