#PORTRAITS? “THAT IS NOT #ART,” Diego Voci, 1974

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Diego felt his creativity was confined in portraits. #DiegoVoci deeply resisted the restriction. What about caricatures? Diego said,“They are fun. I can be creative.”

John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego

In 1976 Frank Freeman somehow convinced Diego to do portraits of his two sons John and Mitch. Frank and his wife had met – and seen Diego several times while living  in #Wiesbaden, Germany. They had even bought a “Landscape” from Diego in Schwetzingen (#Heidelberg area in 1974). See the Freeman’s and other #landscapes on our Pinterest “Landscape” board: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/landscape-gallery/

One day Frank visited “Galerie #Dahms” in Wiesbaden’s fancy Wilhelmsstrasse shopping district and saw a portrait of a young girl. Frank named her “Principessa” as it was unknown who she really was. Diego had  used “pastel and felt-tip on posterboard” to capture the young girl. “It was a commission, that was refused by the ‘buyer’ stating ‘It doesn’t look like my daughter’!”

Having not forgotten the exquisite portrait, for Frank it was “the inspiration for asking Diego to do my boys – over his protestations!” Just months before Frank and his family were due to return to the United States he commissioned Diego do portraits of his sons, John and Mitch, then 9 and 5 ½.

John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego

On a Sunday afternoon in mid-July 1976, I took the boys to his Wiesbaden home (Taunusstein), where Diego spent about 15-20 minutes capturing each boy’s likeness.” Frank recalls, “when I got home, I began to see the “Principessa’s” father’s viewpoint . . . the portraits weren’t really as the boys looked.” But “3 years later, comparing the boys to their portraits, they were EXACT likenesses!!! Diego had envisioned the boys as they would look a few years later. THEY matched what he had drawn!! Prescient!!”

A few days before leaving Germany Frank recalls to his surprise, “I got a call from Siegfried DAHMS, owner of the gallery, who informed me that DIEGO had instructed that I be given the portrait of “Principessa” in appreciation for our patronage.” Frank owns it.

“Principessa” Unknown Subject, “Who am I?” Diego drew me in 1974.

To this day, it is a mystery as to who the young girl may be. Frank hopes that someone out there may see this post! Do you know who she is?

Another rare portrait done in charcoal and pastels by #Diego of Mike Kennedy’s mother in the early 60’s can be seen: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/mothers-portrait-by-diego-and-new-generation/

Do you own a portrait by Antonio #DiegoVoci? Tell us: diegovociproject@gmail.com

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TALL STRONG DIEGO VOCI TREE GREW FROM 1974 #SEED

Although the #Diego_Voci_Project has enjoyed for 2 years the bountiful fruit of this strong tall tree, I would not learn until 2014 that it was me who planted the seed 40 years ago in the 1974 “Guide to TV”!  The “tree” is Stephen Max who gives credit to “Guide to TV” for leading him to Diego. What a wonderful surprise!

Stephen Max, Author and Publisher of

Stephen Max, Author and Publisher of “#THE BEAUTY OF DIEGO”

If I had not helped Helga Voci pro-bono in #1974 reach a larger audience for her artist husband Diego, all of the following may never have happened:

  1. Stephen Max in 1974 may not have become an addicted Diego collector, hoarding 27 Diego paintings to this day. Max became a victim of what I call “The Potato Chip Phenomenon”; like me and many others who just could not stop at possessing only one Diego artwork.
  2. In 1981 Stephen & Wendy Max may never have created Goldcrest Galleries, Ltd. becoming Diego’s representative for Canada until 1985 (when Diego succumbed to lung cancer).
  3. Stephen Max may never have authored and published the deluxe coffee table book “The Beauty of Diego” http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego
  4. Stephen Max may never have created the virtual video museum tour of a “20 Year Diego Retrospective  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5Jl-2FuXM
  5. Stephen Max may never have created the monthly “Diego Newsletter”.
  6. Stephen Max may never have become a Board Member of the recently IRS approved not-for-profit “Diego #Voci Art Foundation” to which money and art can be donated to further the Diego Voci Legacy.
  7. Stephen Max may never have created a “DVP” (Diego Voci Project) website: www.diegovociproject.com; and, now in addition to all the above we also have two new 1 minute Max videos. See them on YouTube by searching “Diego Voci” for these two titles:
    1. Around The World“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeJMtZCFJI4&index=1&list=PLQ1OiZr7a94E3FL6hCAiUC1rNVu1uOle3
    2. “Diego Webpage Gallery”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuNQ2yP_XOM&list=PLQ1OiZr7a94E3FL6hCAiUC1rNVu1uOle3

Stephen Max in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been and is invaluable to enriching the Diego Voci Legacy.

Neither Max nor I would learn until 2014 that the article I co-wrote 40 years earlier with my friend Andy Anderson, the publisher of “Guide to TV”, led Max to seek out Diego. How nice to have my 1974 pro-bono efforts for Diego validated, even if it took 40 years to know. The strange thing is a couple of years ago I recruited Stephen Max to work as a volunteer with the Diego Voci Project, with neither of us knowing at the time all of the above Also see: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page7.html#193

Google “Diego Voci” and see all that was not on the internet 4 ½ years ago before the #Diego Voci Project began.  And, while you are on Google with Diego_Voci be sure and click “Images”.  We don’t select the images Google does.  But those many dozens Diego artworks also were not on the internet 4 ½ years ago, a testimony to the work of the Diego Voci Project. Bing has also selected many Diego images.

You will find the Diego information we collectively produced published on Wikipedia, Pinterest, ArtifactCollectors, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+. Send us your Diego Experiences: diegovociproject@gmail.com

Thank you Stephen Max, Coop Cooprider