Romania, United States (1955 - 2015)
Born in Romania in 1955, Ionel Talpazan was raised in a foster home. When he was 8 years old, he experienced the presence of a UFO while sleeping by a lake close to his home: he witnessed a craft appear and hover above him, and was enveloped by a beam of blue light for a brief period of time. From this moment on, Talpazan realized he possessed knowledge of UFO technology for which he could not account, but which he felt compelled to share through drawings. In 1987, he escaped Romania by swimming the Danube River, and lived in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and was eventually able to emigrate to the US as a political refugee. He lives in New York City, where he often sells his work on the street.
Like other Outsider Artists whose creativity is mediumistic, UFO experiencers feel they are channeling information and images from an otherworldly source, and produce artwork as a way of partnering with this source.