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.
On September 21, 2015, 60-year-old Talpazan, then living in Manhattan, died of a stroke and advanced diabetes. Before that, Talpazan worked tirelessly to map out the details of alien aircraft — so much so that during his lifetime, Talpazan is known to have created more than one thousand works of art inspired by UFOs.