UFOs are Art: Artist Ionel Talpazan Dies at Age 60

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Talpazan, “UFO Diagram” (2013)

The New York Times recently featured an obituary for Romanian-born artist Ionel Talpazan, who died last month. As the newspapers notes:

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.

His paintings, drawings and sculptures dealt, obsessively, with U.F.O.s and their inner workings, often shown in cross section and heavily annotated in Romanian.