Although known as a figurative artist, Diego Voci was a Master of the Surreal.
Diego Voci; “Arlequin Sur La Plage” 50x60cm oil on canvas
The not-for-profit Diego Voci Project is searching for the lost paintings of internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985). This is only one of couple thousand “Diegos’” to be found. It was purchased by Eugene Alfaro April 4, 1977.
Great work Stephen Max, Diego Voci Project volunteer, with the creation of the “$30K Reward” video https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc. We posted your video Thursday on Facebook. Look at what we uncovered as a result from out of nowhere!
Tom Frinta: 22 May at 1:31am
Diego and I were close friends in the seventies. One day in summer 1980 he asked me whether I could help him salvage a huge collection of oil paintings that he had loaned to gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. The Gallery had gone bust and the paintings were stored in the interim in a grand chalet on a huge estate South of Namur, Belgium. The owners refused to communicate with him. – So I suggested that I would drive him in my Mercedes very early on a Sunday morning when everyone was home and still asleep in the castle. We found the place and at 6am we knocked at the front door awakening the custodian. Luckily for us only the custodian was present so we avoided any big discussions and we managed to salvage all of his 30 or so oil paintings bringing them safely back to his home. – Diego will smile when he reads these lines in heaven 🙂
If one stolen painting is carrying a US$30,000 reward, I wonder how precious my car must have been when I returned to Frankfurt that day.
We learned for the first time that Diego was represented in a Gallery in Antwerp and in a country Belgium not on his resume. We’ve reached out to the widow of Diego Voci, Helga Voci to see if she recalls the name of the gallery in Antwerp.
Isn’t this exciting not only from extending Diego’s historical provenance but also adds credibility to the value of Facebook and other social media sites.