Get to know the internationally collected artist, Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) Artist of a Thousand Faces and now available through Blurb: https://www.blurb.ca/b/10242206-diego
“The Two Napoletan Fishermen” by Diego, owned by a Diego Collector who has a total of 10 Diego works in their collection. Back in the mid 1970’s, this collector visited Diego at Diego’s home studio for wine and conversation.
Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee) (1920-1985, born in Italy) connected with people all throughout his travels, capturing in his mind the faces of people and
During our research on the title to this art work, we stumbled upon the heritage of Napoletan Fisherman. Here is a bit of history to Napoletan Fisherman;
“Masaniello (abbreviation of Tommaso Aniello; 1622 – 16 July 1647) was an Italian fisherman who became leader of the revolt against the rule of Habsburg Spain (refers to the history of Spain over the 16th and 17th centuries) in Naples in 1647. Masaniello was one of the most popular figures in Neapolitan tradition.”
To learn more about Diego Voci, Artist of a Thousand Faces, click here: www.diegovociproject.com
Helga Voci, widow of internationally collected artist Diego Voci said:
“Diego played cards with the Fishermen”
Diego specialized in portraying the common people. Diego with Helga at his side would seek out places to purposely live among them.
Fisher People, #1591-9, 41” x 30” oil on canvas
This painting is one of the very first when the signature “Diego” was applied to his canvas. How do we know?
- Joy Gibson was a Canadian art dealer based in Zweibrucken, Germany. Her stamp is on the back of the canvas.
- Joy was the one who influenced the artist to start signing “Diego” the nickname he was known by (formerly he signed some form of Voci as on the painting given to JFK in 1963 in Wiesbaden).
- This was before Joy married Dr. Jawdat Naffouj and added his last name to hers. Naffouj Gallery remains to this day in Landstuhl, Germany.
Stay alert. A Diego Voci painting may appear anywhere. This one was donated to Goodwill and just auctioned at $500.
AC P of W #274 5/27/2015