#VanGogh artistic talent was among the all-time best.  But, it didn’t sell until many years after his #death; and now Van Gogh’s works bring in multi-millions worldwide.

Van Gogh

As noted in the Wikipedia biography (see below) of internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-85), he was motivated not to live the cash-strapped lives of Van Gogh and Modigliani and lived the good life solely from the buyers of his art.

“Diego thrived on camaraderie, as did other artists before him, such as Amedeo Modigliani, both “figurative” artists, both Italian born, both migrated to Paris.  Among Diego’s many facets was a drive never to be poor, never to live a tormented drug ridden life of Amedeo Modigliani who at age 35 “died in Paris exacerbated by poverty only one exhibition to his credit.” or the tortured life of Vincent 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.”




Content below is from page 5 of 8, 1974 Diego Catalog by Coop Cooprider, #DiegoVoci™#Historian.

A witty, gracious, confident man, DIEGO does not hunger for success.  He tells those who wish to exploit him, “You want to make me something in the sky with wings…go ahead.  You want to make me famous… go ahead.  But this is not my life.”

C36 Death in Battle 47 12 x 36 14 oil on burlap ca. 1965

Painted by DIEGO for Naffouj Gallery Death in Battle” 1969 47 ½” x 36 ¼” oil on burlap

 “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 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

Courtesy of the Diego Voci Project:

AC DV History #16 5/7/2010


Interpretation of “Donne Con Natura Morta”

Over 30 years ago, the art collector who purchased this painting “Donne Con Natura Morta” at a #DiegoVoci™ (VOH-chee) art exhibition in Sembach, #Germany re-titled it “Three Sisters” and believed the gold object at the bottom right was a block of #cheese.  DiegoVoci™ had a deeper meaning awaiting discovery by the viewer.  …Contemplate #death through the metaphor of a golden #fortune #cookie.

C44 Donne con natura morta #281-789  1978 Bought from Townsley  31 12 x 23 23

“Donne Con Natura Morta”, 1978, 31 ½ x 23 2/3

The word “Morta” is #Italian, literally translated is “Death”.  However, it reverses meaning when the word “Natura” is added to “Morta” as in Natura  Morta”; translated to English is Still Life”.

The trio of women are one.  As DiegoVoci™ contemplated death in this painting; the fortune #cookie is the only “still life” object that unfolds his interpretation of one’s transition.  DiegoVoci™ communicates the natural course of death as one receives a message from the “fortune cookie”.  The #foreshadow of the physical form is interpreted as “lifeless” while the mind exudes a presence of life swayed by the uncertainty one’s experiences with thoughts of #transition.

The foundation of the true meaning in his creation lies in the shadows of the #spirit representing a bold apparent & non-apparent emotion of life.  Is our life simply a mystery wrapped up in a fortune cookie?

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All of the fierce pain from cancer metastasizing and sapping what was left of his strength, #DIEGO could not stop drawing. Drawing was as important to Diego as breathing.

Diego drew every waking minute”, said Tony Voci, nephew, of his 1957 trip in #Europe with his art compelled uncle Diego.

So weak he could barely hold the pencil in his last hours, this is his final artistic expression. A small sketch that Helga Voci treasures as much as her husband’s best #masterpieces.

Last Drawing by DIEGO Tweaked in Paint by Kami 27 APR 2015

Helga Noted “Mainz Pain Clinic”

Antonio Diego Voci (August 10,1920- December 10,1985)


AC P of W #269 4/29/2015