According to Ionel Talpazan, his drawings and sculpture of flying saucers contain secret information about the propulsion systems of UFO’s that could interest NASA. What is sure is that his admirable, colorful creations, the ensemble of which constitutes a veritable inter-galactic space station, project us into the unique universe of this man who, as a child, saw an “extraterrestrial” blue light, the source of his work.
Ionel had a turbulent childhood: born in 1955 near Bucharest (Romania), he lost his twin brother shortly after their birth. His parents, at odds with each other, left him with his grandfather before he was sent, at the age of six, to a foster family whose mother turned out to be a violent alcoholic. At the age of eight, while hiding in the bushes after escaping from the house, he saw the strange blue light moving without a sound: four years later, he drew his first UFO.
As an adult, he fled his country by swimming across the Danube; recognized as a political refugee, he established himself in New York. From then on, Ionel dedicated himself to his creation, his apartment barely large enough to store his impressive production.
His work, shown in multiple galleries in the United States and at the exhibition Chalet Society - The Museum of Everything, boulevard Raspail in Paris in 2012-2013, is part of several major collections of art brut.
au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut, paris, from march 7th to april 13th, 2019.
l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, from june 16th to october 28th, 2018.
do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, from april 26th to june 2nd, 2018.
the museum of everything, from june 10th, 2017, to april 2nd, 2018, MONA (museum of old and new art), berriedale, australia.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies from october 29th to january 16th, 2017, musées de belfort, belfort.
on the wire by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut gallery, from april 9th to may 22th, 2016.
exhibition catalog, au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut ed, paris, 2019.
exhibition catalogue, l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, flammarion ed., 2018.
exhibition catalog, do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., 2018.
exhibition catalog, brut now: l'art au temps des technologies, christian berst art brut ed., musées de belfort, belfort, 2017.
martine lusardy, john maizels, raw vision 25 ans d’art brut, paris, halle saint pierre, 2013.
ralph rugoff, the alternative guide to the universe, london, hayward publishing, 2013.
denis gielen, S.F. [art, science & fiction], exhibition catalog (musée des arts contemporains au grand-hornu), préface de laurent busine, hornu, MAC’s, 2012.
charley n°5, dijon, les presses du réel, 2007.
madeleine lommel, l'aracine et l'art brut, neuilly-sur-marne, 2004.
daniel wojcik, "mysterious technology, daniel wojcik encounters the flying saucers and visionary art of ionel talpazan" in raw vision n° 45, 2003.