Welcome to Part 1of 5 in the “FACES SERIES” by internationally collected #artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) also known as “The Artist of a Thousand Faces”. Diego was fascinated by the beauty and mystery of faces like the etched lines of life’s hardships in an old man’s face. Although we are only featuring Diego faces in this series, he was by no means limited to this category. Diego also loved figures such as the grace and power of a horse, the female body nude or in ballet, landscapes, still life, and many more genres which can be viewed in “The Beauty of Diego” book (Link below).
Depicted above are 6 of the “Faces” #masterpieces by Diego. Compiled thanks to Helga Voci, Diego’s widow, who began taking polaroids in the mid 70’s and indexed them to create an inventory of sorts. Some #polaroids are severely faded and definitely not as vibrant as Diego’s originals would have been.
There are several hundred index cards with images of Diego’s art that Helga found in the basement a few months ago dated as sold in 1975-77. The box unfortunately represents only a mere number of the Diego #artworks. Nonetheless it supports the fact that there are a couple thousand more in the world to be found. Indexing the artworks was suggested by Diego Voci Historian, Coop #Cooprider early on, but unfortunately it does not include hundreds of paintings Diego created prior to the mid 70’s.
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Painted on burlap 50 years ago Diego’s “Poor People” looks much the same as the poverty in some 3rd World countries and refugee camps today.
POOR PEOPLE, 1967, 39 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches
This #painting was commissioned by Dr. Jawdat #Naffouj in 1967 for the Naffouj Private Collection and acquired in 1974 by Diego Voci™ Historian Coop #Cooprider, who started the DiegoVoci™Project. Google us!
Having known #DiegoVoci™ & Helga personally in Germany in 70’s, in the 80’s they were exclusive representatives for DiegoVoci™ in Canada!
These last years as producer and publisher Stephen contributed the Diego Voci ™Project Website, #YouTube Videos and the first deluxe coffee table book “The Beauty of Diego”. We thank you for your commitment and fabulous creations!
For some of the #MAX’s great #Diego stories . . .
The DiegoVoci™Project shares stories with you here:
“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. If I am important enough, that’s enough to influence 90% of the world.” DIEGO 1974
Help us celebrate women – it is #International Womens Day
Courtesy of Stephen Max and the DiegoVoci Project (DVP)
View just a few of the “BEAUTIFUL” Women by DiegoVoci™:
The DiegoVoci™ Project’s talented volunteer Stephen Max of Edmonton, Canada has culminated #YouTube videos of Antonio Diego Voci’s life. Each YouTube video was created to mark a special cornerston…Source: DiegoVoci™ #YouTube #Videos
After an interview with #DiegoVoci™ in December 1973, Victoria Williams, then a writer was helping #Coop Cooprider gather stories, photos, & related ‘Diego’ information to assemble a book. She wrote, “DIEGO dominates the space around him.” The interview was published in a local TV Guide in Germany: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/publications-diegovocitm/
The book did not happen in 1973, but last year in July 2015, Stephen Max and Coop Cooprider were able to select more than 100 images of Diego‘s art, an internationally collected Italian #Artist. Cooprider (DiegoVoci™Historian since ’73) recruited Stephen Max, from Alberta, Canada to join the DiegoVoci™Project (DVP). Stephen and his wife Wendy had exclusively represented Diego in Canada from 1981 until Diego’s untimely death from lung #cancer in 1985. Diego’s widow Helga Voci and their daughter Alessandra Voci still reside in Germany.
DiegoVoci™, internationally collected #Italian artist (1920-1985) was raised to know the significance of caring for his family. DiegoVoci™ Historian since 1973, Coop Cooprider, during interviews with Diego, his wife Helga, and numerous family members, was reminded that Antonio Diego Voci wanted a different life than #VanGogh and #Modigliani. Here an excerpt from the DiegoVoci™ #Cooprider Biography:
“Among Diego’s many facets was a drive never to be poor, never to live a tormented drug ridden life ofAmedeo Modiglianiwho at age 35 “died in Paris exacerbated by poverty only one exhibition to his credit” or the tortured life ofVincent van Gogh who died at age 37, with only one painting purchased in his lifetime.
Diego greatly admired the exceptional work of both artists; but, unlike both artists who found few buyers for their work, in their lifetime, Diego did for his.”