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Happy New Year 2015!

50 years – first spacewalk • Alexey Arkhipovich LeonovVoskhod 2 • 18 March 1965.


Yeni yılınızı kutlar, sağlık ve başarılar dileriz!
С Рождеством Христовым С наступающим Новым Годом!
Natale hilare et annum faustum!
Честита Коледа Щастлива Нова Година!
Жаңа жыл құтты болсын!
חג מולד שמח ושנה טובה
Gëzuar Krishtlindjet e Vitin e Ri!
Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo!
क्रस्मसको शुभकामना तथा नयाँ वर्षको शुभकामना
メリークリスマス 明けましておめでとうございます
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo!
Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet!
Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!
Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Cărciun hărios şi ti mulţă-anji Anlu Nàù!

Шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хvргэе!

أجمل التهاني بمناسبة الميلاد و حلول السنة الجديدة
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year

Gelukkige Nuwejaar
Gëzuar Vitin e Ri
سنة سعيدة
Yeni iliniz mübarək
Selamat tahun baru
Urte berri on
sretna nova godina
Щастлива Нова година
Feliç any nou
Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig kaninyong tanan
šťastný nový rok  Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Head uut aastat
سال نو مبارک
Manigong Bagong Taon
Bonne Année
Bliadhna mhath ur
Frohes Neues Jahr
Καλή χρονιά
સાલ મુબારક
שָׁנָה טוֹבָה
नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Boldog Új Évet
Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit
Felice anno nuovo
새해 복 많이 받으세요
Is Sena it -Tajba
Kia hari te tau hou
Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Feliz Ano Novo
Allin wata kachun qanpaq
La Mulți Ani
С Новым Годом
Feliz Año Nuevo
Mutlu yıllar
نايا سال مبارک
blwyddyn newydd dda

Alec Bartos


As at the end of each year, at the last meeting of the National Philatelic Commission a topic on the agenda was choosing the most beautiful postage stamps issue of 2011 and postage stamp which will represent Romania at international competitions in 2012.

Considering the artistic conception of the design, their originality and personalization, the harmonization of colors and the correlation with printer requirements, following the proposals from the Commission members, were agreed the following postage stamps issues:

1st place


Designer:  Vlad Vamasescu

The 2nd place was awarded to Alec Bartos for his exceptional design of the COSMOS 2011 souvenir sheet.

Dumitru Dorin Prunariu

The complete “COSMOS 2011” stamp issue – images, technical characteristics and other details here.


3rd place

Designer: Razvan Popescu

Article source:


Related to the Cosmos 2011 stamp issue see: postage stamps issue COSMOS 2011 presented at the Romanian Academy 13.05.2011

IAA 2011 Planetary Defense Conference –  introducing into circulation the postage stamps Cosmos 2011My latest stamp design presentation


Mixed media artwork – maxicard – glow in the dark effects (photoluminescent pigment) – Alec Bartos – First Step On The Moon – 2011 painting




A 70X50 cm mixed media artwork that includes a Apollo 11 maxicard designed by me in 2009 for the Romanian Post. See the full stamp issue here:

(In philately a maximum card (also known as a maxi-card, or maxicard) is a postcard with a postage stamp placed on the picture side of the card where the stamp and card match or are in concordance. In most cases, the cancel is also related to the image on the front of the card and the stamp.

The collecting of maximum cards is known as maximaphily.)

The work is part of an ongoing series that utilize photoluminescent pigment with a glow period of over 8 hours. The area around the stamps, blocks, postcards or envelopes, made from the spacial cardboard generally used for the passe-par-tout is used as a painting surface. Small details (visible only in a specific angle and light) made with pencils and liners, rough acrylic touch, metallic colors and the special glow in the dark pigment work together to the final composition. The idea is that at different distances to the tableau, the viewer is experiencing different paintings. The light plays a very important role. Not only for the photoluminescent pigments, invisible during the day and which without light will remain near invisible in the dark, but for all the other materials used. Many of the details are made almost black to black. They become visible only in a éclairage rasant or with the help of the reflections of light. All these made the tableau interesting to see for-yourself and not so spectacular when photographed.

Graphic design posters for Purdue University – Bioethics Lectures Series

For the past six years Jonathan Beever and Nicolae Morar, with the support and encouragement of their sponsors, have continued to press the issue of ethics in policy, science and technology at Purdue via the Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science (formerly the Bioethics Seminar Series). They intend to build opportunities for engagement between philosophy, policy, and science at a campus-wide level and to raise awareness of the ethical implications of biotechnological development for our environment both local and global. Hosting nationally-recognized scholars brings new perspectives to the Purdue community on these issues. Their objectives for the bioethics seminar series project included the following.

1) Develop interdisciplinary discourse on “hot” issues in science and ethics

2) Educate for intentionality in science and technology development at Purdue

3) Establish connections between Purdue’s science and technology and Indiana University’s Center for Bioethics

4) Involve philosophy in policy and ethics decisions at a campus-wide level

5) Build opportunities for engagement

6) Broaden our scope to include issues of climate change in discussion of bioethics

7) Involve nationally-recognized scholars in diverse discussions of bioethics

Jonathan Beever

August 2011

I had the opportunity to help them with the design of the posters.

more at:

space cover cachets – handpainted

Cachet: In French, cachet means a stamp or a seal. On a cover, the cachet is an added design or text, often corresponding to the design of the postage stamp, the mailed journey of the cover, or some type of special event. Cachets appear on modern first-day covers, first-flight covers and special-event covers.

All the cachets are totally hand made, worked under the magnifying glass with nibs and brushes. Pigments used are inks and gouaches. In the darkness some features are photoluminiscent (glow in the dark pigments). The postmarks and stamps are originals from the respective period and places.  Actual covers size are approx. 16,5X9 cm (6,49X3,54 inch) For details please click the images.

The Liberty Bell 7 cover has some features made with UV sensitive pigment. The cover bears a fake USS Randolph cancellation made by the famous forger Charles Riser. He was caught with the use of this kind of UV markings.

The Discoverer 1 – CORONA cover has silver paint effects. The cachet look different depending of the angle of  the light (Éclairage).

space cover cachets (printed) design Alec Bartos

Cachet: In French, cachet means a stamp or a seal. On a cover, the cachet is an added design or text, often corresponding to the design of the postage stamp, the mailed journey of the cover, or some type of special event. Cachets appear on modern first-day covers, first-flight covers and special-event covers.


Bucharest, November 25th, 2010 – Compania Naţională Poşta Română organises on Monday, November 29th this year, a charitable cultural event during which 40 fine art works will be auctioned, selected from an art competition launched by the company under the High Patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

The event organized by Poşta Română will begin with the opening of an exhibition presenting the works of young artists participating in the painting contest “Art as a means of communication – in the footsteps of Joan Miro”. The exhibition was inspired by the work of the Spanish artist Joan Miro, “Flood II”, donated by the latter to the Romanian State and hosted by the National Philatelic Museum in Bucharest. The opening will be followed by a charity auction supported by Goldart Auction House. All the money raised on this occasion will be donated to UNICEF Romania for the rehabilitation of schools in areas affected by the flooding in June 2010.

First Prize: Bartos Vadim-Alexandru


“By means of this initiative we want to be closer to disadvantaged communities affected by this year’s floods, but also to support arts and Romanian and international cultural values, to promote young artists and to create as much as we can a framework for asserting their value” said Daniel Neagoe, President and CEO of Compania Naţionala Poşta Română.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Poşta Română and together we can put a smile on the faces of children affected by this summer’s flooding. Even if the waters receded long ago, the children and their communities still need our help for their lives to get back to normal. Together with the representatives of C.N. Poşta Română S.A. we have decided that the money raised from the auction be used for the rehabilitation of schools affected by this year’s floods and come in this way in support of children facing difficulties in the educational process and in danger of dropping out of school”, said Edmond McLoughney, UNICEF Romania Representative.

The event brought together C.N. Poşta Română S.A., Goldart Auction House, the Romanian Professional Designer Association, the Artists Union, representatives of the National University of Arts in Bucharest and Romfilatelia.







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