COOP COOPRIDER, VOLUNTEER DIEGO VOCI HISTORIAN SINCE 1973, CELEBRATES 59 YEARS MARRIAGE WITH PATTI ON VALENTINE’s DAY
ANTONIO DIEGO VOCI has been a part of Coop and Patti’s life since 1966!
When all the #NYC clocks hit #midnite for #New_Year’s, it is only #9 p.m. on the #Westcoast. See the NYC #clocks courtesy of The New Yorker.
Turn on TV and watch the 2 ton (#24,000 lb.) #Waterford Crystal Ball drop in #New York City. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/times-square-2018-new-years-eve-live-stream-1202649834/
From the #Louvre in #Abu Dhabi snagging #Salvator Mundi to the #Native #American art heading to the Met, here are the year’s top 10 museum #acquisitions:
#Take a #virtual #Museum #Tour depicting #Diego Voci #Masterpieces
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:
Enjoy! Let us know if you own an artwork by #Antonio #DiegoVoci™
#Google “Diego Voci Project to find all you want about the #Artist and the #DVP!
A #DiegoVoci™ #Collector, Fred Curley, once worked for Jawdat Naffouj at the Naffouj Gallery in #Landstuhl, #Germany from 1969-71.
The Naffouj Gallery once upon a time was the revolving door for DiegoVoci™ paintings. As Diego shipped them to Naffouj Gallery from one country to the next capturing human emotions on canvas along the way, those paintings were quickly acquired by collectors of all kinds.
Fred Curley, orchestrated exhibitions for Naffouj Gallery at most all of the #Military Officer’s clubs and Embassy’s in #Belgium.
Fred Curley was the source behind the success of sold DiegoVoci™ works that are still in the hands of the original collectors. In Fred’s words:
“DiegoVoci™ had quite a following and everyone looked forward to my next show to see his new work. I had the fortune of personally getting to know DiegoVoci™ from working at the Gallery. I remember watching Diego paint and everyone sitting around joking drinking good wine and eating cheese.”
“I have always dreamed of opening my own Gallery when I retire and have the opportunity to offer some great works of art that I had a chance to see and enjoy as a young man. I still travel to Germany and stop in to see Jawdat Naffouj when I am there. The Naffouj Gallery is still there and Jawdat looks good and still has many DiegoVoci (graphics), Diedter Grants and also Pallucci’s in his Gallery. I, myself, own a Diego of a Madonna and Child that I personally watched him paint.”
Here is an image (above) of Jawdat Naffouj in 2012 at Naffouj Gallery.
The DiegoVoci™ Project thanks Fred Curley for sharing his own personal experience with DiegoVoci™.
How fortunate for Fred Curley to share so much time with Diego, the man. Also to personally possess a canvas Fred watched him create, one of Diego’s estimated 4,000 oil paintings. Are there any photos? Please contact us at the DiegoVoci™ Project website. We hope to receive images of your Diego works of art.
AC P of W #293 2/10/16
These are the first two of 4 pages of the first published #DIEGO article resulting from my 1974 short lived efforts to help #DIEGO become better known.
The last two pages follow in the next post. The article was written by Victoria Williams. A photo of her interviewing #DIEGO will follow.
Notice the pathos #DIEGO captured in the #clown. The original oil was stolen from the attic of the house The Coopriders rented in #Germany. The Coopriders suspected it was taken by the landlord’s son. There is a $30,000 reward for it’s return.
Courtesy of The Diego Voci Project www.diegovociproject.com
Diego Voci on Google and YouTube!
AC DV History #6 5/2/2010
In January 1965, DIEGO had an exhibition at the Schlossgalerie in #Zurich, #Switzerland.
Notice the reference to the name in the “Neue Züricher Zeitung” newspaper ad “Antonio Voci” not “DIEGO”.
Helga Drössler had been with DIEGO for five years. Thereafter he mostly signed“DIEGO”. Helga and DIEGO married in #Denmark in 1968.
Notice the style. #Realism. Both different from the works DIEGO Collectors are familiar with. It illustrates his #versatility and #craftsmanship (#Picasso painted realism when he first began. So did #Dali).
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2010: ORIGINAL IS OUT THERE SOMEWHERE… SEE NEW COLOR IMAGE AT: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page6.html#163
Two paintings sold by Schlossgalerie can be seen in the Wikipedia biographyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci
Courtesy of www.diegovociproject.com
Diego Voci on Google and YouTube!
AC DV History #5 5/2/2010
“HELGA and DIEGO” by Helga Voci
Chapter 5 #Wiesbaden, #Germany. 1968 Marriage in #Denmark.
“In Spring 1965 Diego wanted to go to #Germany and we came to #Wiesbaden where he had been living for sometime with Josiane, his ex-wife. We both liked Wiesbaden, so we rented an apartment in #Sonnenbergerstrasse. It was a beautiful place, we got it for a very low price, but had made a contract for 5 years and agreed to renovate it. So for at least 6 months we were living in the middle of sand, concrete, and tiles. But at the end we had a beautiful high ceiling living-room with open fireplace, fantastic new bathroom and a beautiful Studio. We had hand-painted and gold-plated dining-room furniture which I still have today and many beautiful paintings.
In this period #Diego found the Gallery Dahms in Wiesbaden where he exhibited and sold many paintings. He still made caricatures from time to time in #Wiesbaden, #Heidelberg and #Ramstein. There he met Joy Naffouj, a Canadian gallery owner, who was exhibiting different artists in an art show. She was very interested in Diego’s work, so he started to give her some paintings and drawings on commission.
Since his work was selling very well, they both made a contract: so many paintings for so much money per month. I believe this was when #Diego began signing with the name”Diego.” Before he had mostly signed A.Voci (Antonio Voci) or D.Voci (Diego Voci). It worked quite well.
We finally decided to marry, which we did in January 68 in #Denmark. As #Diego did not have to bother anymore about how to sell his paintings, we decided to spend the winter in the Canary Islands. We took our car in December 1968, with lots of canvases and paints of many colors. We went to #Barcelona and took the boat to Puerto del la Cruz (#Tenerife). We rented a little house on top of a big house with a very big terrace. We had a beautiful view over the ocean. We had wonderful 6 months. #Diego painted each day. Once a month we made a roll of the canvases and sent them to Joy and Jadat Naffouj in #Landstuhl, Germany.
In March 1970 the contract of our apartment in #Wiesbaden finished, the house was supposed to be sold, so Diego had the idea to move to Italy. In March 1970 we ordered a shipping company, deposited our furniture in #Bavaria at my parents` place and left for #Italy. We went to several places and finally rented a villa in Riccione at the Italia Adrian seaside. Diego was painting and still sending his paintings to Naffouj Gallery.”
AC DV History #38 6/15/2010
AC DV History #158 11/20/2013
PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING BY HELGA VOCI FROM GERMANY.
Do you want to add one of 35 DIEGO’s Lithographs. #Helga Voci, widow of Diego #Voci and sole owner of the DIEGO VOCI ESTATE would be pleased to know that you want another Diego artwork.
Here are just a few examples of what 140 Euro or less than can buy:
Check out the link at our DIEGOVOCIPROJECT.com website under “Acquire Graphics.” http://www.diegovociproject.com/#!acquire-graphics-shopping/c12yh
Coop #Cooprider and Stephen #Max recently ordered “Der Alte” litho from Helga:
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.”
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.
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/
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