These colorful #muses are a testament to Diego’s comment about women:
“A man look at woman… this is cerebral feeling. Venus is love god … who made her? In reality Venus never existed. I like for example fat woman … that’s the way I build Venus. Or I like the skinny woman … that’s the way I build Venus.” DIEGO #VOCI, 1974
3 years ago, we the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT posted an exquisite artwork by Antonio DIEGO Voci asking “Where is it Now?” We heard nothing. So, I (Kami Cooprider) happened to see the Index Card which #Helga_Voci created to track #DIEGO’s sales over the years, shown below the true color image here: “Arlequin sur la Plage” by #DIEGO
I decided to search for the owner’s name on the card. Low and behold there was a man of the same name right nearby in Chula Vista, CA – just miles down the road from San Diego. Making a photocopy, I snail-mailed the images to Gene A. and gave him our DVP phone number! 2 days later the call came in. Gene was as surprised by our mail as we were to hear back from him. YES, he still owned this exquisite oil painting “Arlequin sur la Plage” and it graces Gene’s walls still today! And,he owns 2 more #DIEGO artworks!
Better still is the story Gene shared about how, while visiting with DIEGO, he noticed there was a trace of a figure on the wall on the left next to the #Harlequin:
So, Gene asked DIEGO to paint over it some before taking it home. Yet, here we are 40 years later and the figure is starting to slowly reappear according to Gene. The next day Gene sent an image of the back of the canvas – here you see it. DIEGO often painted over canvases and always said, “You don’t ask yourself what day do you have the idea… it grows from yourself.” – DIEGO Quote from Victoria Williams article 1974.
We’ll be featuring another of Gene’s DIEGO artworks soon! Keep an eye out for more . . .
CHECK OUT #Harlequins, #Alequins, and #Harlekins by Antonio DIEGO Voci:
During a 1974 interview with John Krueger, about Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) he quotes DIEGO saying “I love America and the Americans”, enthuses Diego with the typical expansive gesturewith his Fellini face in Mastroianni manner.” THAT WAS OUR DIEGO!!!
Writing for the #Stars_and_Stripes John further stated, “Diego’s productivity is the envy of other painters, and if he stays up all night these days it is to create at his easel. Mornings are for sleeping. Afternoons for sales. The ground floor of the house is a combination Studio & Gallery. American cars with their green U.S. Forces plates pull up and fill up with Diego Originals. I saw a young haired blue-jeaned officer squeezing wife son and newly-acquired Diego painting into a low-slung sports car. Many of the Americans come from neighboring Patrick Henry Village. They have seen Diego’s exhibits in German galleries or in the States. He travels regular to the US “where the art action is”. Helga and he drove coast-to-coast last fall and found “everything so colorful so panoramic.””
Traveling to the Unites States of #America also combined trips to CANADA where Stephen and Wendy Max hosted DIEGO and Helga. Read more in our DVP July Newsletter:
Just over 40 years ago in Toronto Canada, Stephen and Wendy Max created an exhibit for Diego that was unprecedented on this continent. In the illustrious and exceptionally large Columbus Centre they presented Diego through their own Goldcrest Galleries LTD. Advertising in the Toronto Star the outreach was beyond what DIEGO had seen across the ocean. Stephen and Wendy new Diego well before they left Germany where Stephen was stationed with the Canadian Royal Air Force.
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”.