HOW DIEGO BECAME DIEGO

Diego Voci, who was known as Diego to his friends, was not known as Diego on his works of art until 1965-66 when Canadian art dealer, Joy Naffouj discovered the essence of who Diego was.  Joy encouraged him to start signing his art “DIEGO”, formerly signed some form of Voci.  For example, the gift to JFK in June 1963 was signed D. Voci.

“Light” is an example of the earliest of that Naffouj / Diego relationship when Joy and Dr. Jawdat Naffouj in Germany became Diego’s exclusive agent.  Dr. Naffouj operates a gallery in Landstuhl, Germany to this day.

C73 Light RePhoto Joy Naffouj Collection

“Light” 33 ¾” X 23 ¾” oil canvas

Joy Naffouj liked this painting “Light” so well it was put aside for Joy’s own private collection.  See the inscription in her hand upon the back coarse canvas.

C73 Light back rephoto Joy Naffouj

Courtesy of the Diego Voci Project.

AC P of W #272 5/20/2015

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DIEGO VOCI EMPATHIZES WITH POOR PEOPLE

Human beings are drawn to emotions in a form of expression that Diego did so well in his portrayal of people on canvas.  Diego empathized with people of lesser means and told their stories with his brushes.  No holding back, Diego captured the raw human face in his works to share the beauty of all walks of life.

The Silvers Family of Colorado shares their “Girl with Pitcher” with the Diego Voci Team, a painting completed during the Joy (Gibson) Naffouj time period.  Joy Naffouj in conversation with Diego one day said “Everyone knows you as Diego… you need to be signing your paintings Diego”.  That was the beginning of the Diego Voci Legacy (1965).

GIRL WITH PITCHER 60 x 80 cm

“Girl with Pitcher”, 31 ½” x 24”, oil on linen

Also see Diego’s “Supper” from the Silvers’ collection: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page9.html#263

AC P of W #263 3/30/2015

Explore Masters of Yesteryear… …With Modern Text

Gustav Klimt The Kiss

Other greats featured in Twitter fashion, #Cezanne, #Leonardo, #VanGogh, #Vermeer, etc.  Take a look http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2015/03/24/what-if-classic-paintings-got-modern-day-hashtags/?utm_source=BLOUIN+ARTINFO+Newsletters&utm_campaign=d1e9f08d03-Daily_Digest_03_20_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df23dbd3c6-d1e9f08d03-83386813

Also explore “Diego Voci” on Google.

#DIEGO Portrayal of a German #Supper

John and Cindy Silvers were stationed at #Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany from 1965 to 1968. In October of 1966 the Silvers’ acquired two DIEGO’s they presently still own: “Supper” and “Girl with Pitcher.” Joy Gibson-Naffouj in Landstuhl, #Germany represented DIEGO at that time. Shown here is “Supper” (60×80 cm):

SUPPER Nr 1182 60 x 80cm

Supper” (in German “#Abendessen”). The hot main meal of the day in Germany is usually eaten at lunchtime. In the early evening as the last meal of the day one dines on bread with cold cuts and cheese. Wine or hot tea often accompany this typical dinner or “Supper”. In Diego’s rendition of the old man having ‘supper’ one observes the flame indicating it is evening, using the knife to perhaps cut some cheese or meat as his next bite, and a bread roll or “Brötchen” lies next to the plate. The glass of wine and the bottle are part of this old man’s meal. A very typical ‘supper’ in Germany in the day.

John adds, “The frames were made to look old and I don’t know who did that, but we like them. We wouldn’t sell the “Supper,” that will go to our youngest daughter Marni, who did a pencil drawing of it, which was quite good, so she loves the picture.”

An unfortunate health issue put Cindy in the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany – not far from where John worked at Ramstein AFB. She had a stroke at the young age of 29. John explained that Cindy was left with whole right side paralyzed and she couldn’t speak, caused by aphasia. Her right leg came back about 85%; but above the waist, nothing. She was finally able to speak in speech therapy when she sneezed and the therapist quickly said, “What did you say, Cindy?She said, I love you John.” She is quite a fighter and never felt sorry for herself. Cindy raised their four children: John, Lori, Marni and Kevin to adulthood and was an antique dealer in an antique mall.” John retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1972 and then again in 1999 from the Insurance business. business. Cindy and John now reside in Colorado.

John added in a later e-mail to us here at the Diego Voci Project, “Actually, I just recalled that we purchased three paintings. The other was of a Arab man with very dark eyes. The man was just shown as a head and shoulder image. The size of the canvas would be the same and the frame also the same as the two pictured above. When we returned from Germany, a Doctor saw the painting and wanted to have it for his office, so we sold it to him. That’s all I can recall about the third painting.”

Tell us your story. When and where did you purchase your DIEGO? Did you meet Diego? What did he say in his words? What did he do? Tell us your stories!     Write us at:   diegovociproject@gmail.com

GOOGLE “Diego Voci” and Click on Images.

See Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

 https://twitter.com/DiegoVoci

AC P of W #262 3/25/2015

 

 

LOST #DIEGO PAINTING…WHERE IS IT?

Helga #Voci, widow to Diego Voci, has a shoebox with old photos of paintings done by Diego but many do not have names of owners on them… so the whereabouts are unknown. 

This is one of the images of a Diego #cubistic painting that came from Helga’s shoebox… size and title are unknown:

46 Lost Shoebox Revised S.Max 17 MAR 2015

Notice the rider appears to be strumming a base fiddle that forms into the rider’s left leg as he straddles his flying horse.  And if you look at the eye of the bull, he’s thinking “What the heck is going on here?”  This story-filled #painting leaves you with many interpretations.  Most important is to find its owner and its trail of history.

HELP FIND THIS LOST DIEGO PAINTING!

Visit http://www.diegovociproject.com/ for contact information.

#Google “Diego Voci” or “Antonio Diego Voci” for more!

   You can also see more masterpieces by DIEGO VOCI online in the 1st Book “The Beauty of Diego” at:  http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego

AC P of W #261 3/18/2015

40 YEARS TO FIND AGAIN 3 COLLECTORS ADDICTED TO DIEGO

Three victims of “The Potato Chip Phenomenon,” (can’t stop at buying only one Diego Voci artwork) emerged this year. 40 years ago I wrote in the June 1974 Guide to TV:

1974 June TV Guide Cover with Fishermen

Dr. William M. Morton wrote from Muncie, Indiana that he has 15 DIEGOs.  Robert Sholar in Washington D.C. has 30.  A land developer in Colorado Springs has 24 [Dr. Ogden Brown].  Dr. Norman Ferland, with 6 DIEGOs has written from Great Falls, Montana to say, “I would not even begin to think of selling them no matter what the price would be.  They are part of my house.” – Quoted from 2 page article on Diego.

We knew about the Colorado Springs Diego Collector, Dr. Ogden Brown, whose daughter Marsha became the USA agent for Diego. See her sitting before her favorite painting, “Nude in Yellow” for which a $20,000 reward has been announced (stolen about 1973).  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page8.html#237

But, it took until this year to re-locate the other three addicted Diego collectors, I met in 1974.

We continue to uncover collectors addicted to Diego.  Colonel Snow (deceased) had many Diego’s, and we are trying to contact Col. Snow’s daughter in Colorado.  Also, Joedy Lyng Riederer in Virgina. And we have other Diego collectors finding us online each day.

Google “Diego Voci” to learn more.

Coop Cooprider, Art Historian

Diego Voci Project

diegovociproject@gmail.com

AC DV History #189 12/27/2014

GONE FISHIN’

Gone Fishing 09.05.2014While we’re gone:
1. Keep looking for the lost art of Diego Voci. At least 3,000 more to go! Bargains abound!
2. We’ll “Buy or Borrow” the best for a future Major Diego Museum Exhibition
3. Welcome to the “New Generation” of Diego collectors discovering his art for the first time as those aged addicted Diego collectors who hoarded his work for 30 and 40 years are downsizing or have felt this earth.
4. Google: Diego Voci. Click “Images” while you are there. Prepare to be amazed.

#Health Craze #4 REMEMBER WHEN “SWEET” WAS A GOOD WORD?

#Coca  Cola ©

#Coca Cola

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer said,
“Mr. Claus, if you don’t #downsize I am not going to pull your sleigh this year!”

http://www.artifactcollectors.com/coop-cooprider/blog/

GOOGLE SCAN DISCOVERED A DIEGO AVAILABLE

A DIEGO PAINTING FOR SALE ON GERMANY EBAY FOR 1,450.00 EURO

Jenne fille en reve from Ebay

“Jenne Fille en Řeve”, 31 ½” x 27 ½”, oil on canvas

Diego, an International collected artist, is forging his way posthumously to the front of the art market.  There are many hundreds of Diego collectors out there. Diego paintings hang on walls in USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.  As generations evolve paintings are cyclical and new owners and appreciators of Diego’s works are surfacing at low prices.  That will change.

The volunteer Diego Voci Project highlights a recent listing in Germany of a “Diego” painting currently for sale. Owner is in Heidelberg. http://www.ebay.de/itm/Antonio-Diego-Voci-Italien-1920-1985-Wiesb-abstraktes-Olgemalde-grosformatig/191304281377?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D23937%26meid%3D7a44faa7a1154bd698a643aa56c7c64e%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D9172%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D191288142885

Text from Seller about the painting:

“Thank you for asking but I’m sorry to tell you that I don’t know a lot about this painting. The owner was on old lady from Heidelberg, she had two paintings from Diego. She was wealthy and bought only expensive things. Maybe she went to Wiesbaden for shopping and bought the two painting from Diego at Galerie DAHMS Wiesbaden. However, this painting is in a very, very good condition, colours very fine, and you can see a lot of details.”

And purchase the new “The Beauty of Diego” book at: http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego

AC P of W #223 9/1/2014