Featured this month, is Joedy Riederer’s story, her meeting and friendship with Diego, Helga and Liliane during the mid seventies. Joedy, thank you for sharing your story.
JOEDY LYNG RIEDERER
Her Story: The Diego Voci Project first made contact with Joedy in 2011 through Facebook. Here we are 10 years later finally having archived the exquisite Diego collection of the Riederer family, with a great story to share. While stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, Joedy and her husband Bill bought their first Diego. As a young captain and a limited budget, Joedy says it’s because they were able to make monthly payments to Liliane Dussard that they could afford it. Monthly payments helped their Diego collection grow. Sounds like Coop Cooprider’s’ “Potato Chip Phenomena” got to the young couple of whom Joedy says “we bought what we really liked – and still do.”
Invited to Diego’s Studio, entertained by Helga, they brought their son Danny, a toddler, at the time. During the visit Diego began doing a portrait of her son who they didn’t think would sit still; and it was going along okay, until another little toddler Alessandra came tumbling into the room. Together they were reckless. But they got through the visit and Joedy enjoys the portrait of Danny to this day.
Danny Riederer Alessandra Voci
“At Play” in Diego’s Studio. NOTE: Dany’s image was completed in 1976, the date on the image (1967) is Joedy and Bill’s wedding date.
While getting to know Liliane, Joedy very much enjoyed spending time with her at the Officers Wives Club bazaars and events, finally even assisting her in selling Diego’s art. Her big challenge to herself was her brother Jim, of whom she said “If I can sell something to him I can sell something to anyone.” The selling with Liliane did not last long, as the military housing was determined off limits for door-to-door sales. Liliane was a significant part of Helga and Diego’s art world. Read more about their gold-leaf frame painting HERE
L’Été’ et l’hiver, (Summer and Winter), Antonio DIEGO™ Voci, L’Été’ et l’hiver, (Summer and Winter).
Oil on Canvas Original Oil Painting 851-317 1975, 60 CM X 50 CM Personal Collection of Joedy Riederer. Used with Permission The Diego™ Voci Estate.
Once the Riederer family moved back to the United States, Bill was stationed at Fort Lewis, in Tacoma WA. Right nearby was “Die Kleine Galerie“, owned by Susan Talbert. They acquired yet another Diego. They truly liked Diego’s art and Joedy, to this day enjoys her Diego collection. Diego’s artworks still grace the walls of her home. While talking to Joedy, now a widow I found she is very energetic – I can see her way back when – and she is very happy to be a part of the Diego Voci Project. We are glad to have you on board, even if it took us nearly 10 years to connect. Are there more of you Diego aficionados out there? …Kami Cooprider
More new images showing Diego Voci enjoying life to its fullest! Here shown with Helga Voci and friends in 1973-74 era with a nice selection of the artist’s works on the wall! Are you in the photo? Find more images of DIEGO et. al.
Although not a religious person, internationally collected artist Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) was the son of to a very devout Catholic mother. The dream of Arcangela, Diego’s mother, was to one day in her lifetime travel from her little village of Gasperina (where Diego was born) to visit the Vatican. Diego made that dream come true.
It is fitting as we celebrate the promise of new life this Easter that we recall Diego’s gift to his mother, a trip to the #Vatican. Diego works of art frequently portrayed #Madonna and Child. Here also is a wonderful impressionist Diego artwork called “The Procession”.
In honor of the last few days celebrating Black History Month, the Diego Voci Project presents number 7 in the “COLORBLIND SERES” with “Jeune fille Avec Port Jaune”. An exquisite portrait of an African “Young Girl with a Yellow Pot” acquired by Captain Gene Page in 1974 from Antonio DIEGO Voci at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.
Captain Page had very good taste! Appreciate the bold color contrast and the folds in the fabric. Where is this painting today? We would like to know.
The image comes from hundreds of index cards, which Helga, Diego’s widow kept to document Diego sales. Faded by time the old photos lost their OOMPF. Shown here is the index card and photo, next to what the painting may have looked like as originally envisioned by Diego. Stephen Max, Producer for the DVP, brought the beautiful young African girl in the painting back to life.
Here are links to the series the “Colorblind” presented by our DVP team. Diego embraced every skin color. Because in truth, ALL lives matter:
It was July 1980, Helga, Diego and Alessandra arrived for a visit to Stephen and Wendy Max’s home in Canada. During their visit, they had organized an exhibition of Diego’s works in Edmonton. Among the first paintings sold in Canada through this event was “Jeune Homme Musicien”. It was the first of many Diego’s purchased by Gisele and George Dean.
Read more in our Newsletter, produced by Stephen Max for the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT.
Stephen Max shares gratitude to all who participated in the 100th Year Celebration of DIEGO. Collectors poured in from everywhere to share their works, a new publication created and inspirations to what grabbed each collector when they purchased their Diego works. Diego was about the people and all those who saw and met along his life. To purchase this celebratory book click here: https://www.blurb.com/books/10242206-diego