DIEGO’S MUSE; HELGA VOCI

Chapter One: Who is Helga Voci?

I was born in Prag, Czechoslovakia in 1939, just before the war started. My parents were Germans, at that time many Germans had been living in Czechoslovakia for generations. When the war started my father had to join the army and he was killed in 1941 in Russia, my maiden name was Drössler. In 1945 all Germans had to leave Czechoslovakia (because Hitler had lost the war) and we were brought to Germany, my family to Bavaria.

Diego Voci; “Praq / Tschechien” oil on wood; 80x56cm painted in honor of Helga’s heritage

NEXT: Helga meets DIEGO in Paris

#ESCAPE FROM #REALITY

There is a great beauty to be found in Diego’s subjects.

Words by Stephen Max; “Diego’s artwork reminds us of the simple human love of a mother for a child, of the nurturing gaze of all mothers, and the comfort they bring. We see the best of ourselves in them. His impossibly gorgeous execution of  Suonatrice di Linto was completed while living in Schwetzingen Germany in 1975  and his focus was upon the beauty of the human spirit.
Diego painted with immense beauty and grace, executing his work with painstaking care and attention to detail. Each of his brushstrokes was an act of love, and little by little, something breathtakingly beautiful came into formation. Overall a sense of comfort and peace soothe the onlooker liberating the stress embodied in everyday life. The beauty and tenderness of her face, that portrait of love and softness, encompasses every detail of this masterpiece.
In February 1975 we were entertained by Helga and Diego in their Schwetzingen home (near Heidelberg Germany).  After enjoying an exceptional wine, reacquainting ourselves with Helga, and meeting Diego for the first time, we observed this unfinished painting on an easel in his studio. The exceptional beauty and serenity of the painting could be easily visualized in its finished state and we simply had to have it. Following a good natured and animated dialogue, Diego agreed to complete the painting exclusively for us. We re-visited two weeks later for the purchase of this masterpiece and have enjoyed Suonatrice di Linto placed in a prominent location in our home ever since.”
The completed Masterpiece.
© 2017, Antonio DIEGO™ Voci,Suonatrice di linto. Oil on Canvas (gold leaf) Original Oil Painting 251-199 1975 80 CM X 40 CM Wendy and Stephen Max. Used with Permission The Diego™ Voci Estate.

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CALLING ALL #DIEGO COLLECTORS

Deadline for submission for the coming book “Artist of a Thousand Faces” is this Saturday May 24, 2020 (we extended the deadline because of the overwhelming responses to DVP).

But, DVP still wants to catalog all Diego Voci works, so send yours in anyway. diegovociproject@gmail.com

(f yours is super, super, maybe it could pre-empt a lesser work in the book, if you hurry)

A HALF MILLION BECOMES A “BLIET” IN HISTORY AND A “BREEN”, TOO

Cartoonists Bliet & Breen nail it, without words or names telling the story of two days in history.

Diego’s widow, Helga Voci, living in Germany remembers that Diego thought of himself as a superior cartoonist. Helga treasures the one Diego did of her Dentist father, https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-histor…/Page2.html… ; one of the few known to exist out of thousands.

WHERE IS THIS PAINTING NOW? WHO OWNS THIS DIEGO?

Diego Voci; “Au Cafe” #1141-153 70x80cm oil on canvas. Originally purchased back in 1976 at PHV by a Craig Jolley.

Today we do not know where this painting is or who owns it. Any information would be greatly appreciated to help the mission of the DVP, to catalog all of Diego Voci works of art with the Diego Voci Estate Archive. https://www.diegovociproject.com/

A #MEMORY OF #JFK & #ARTIST DIEGO VOCI

Margaret Carrow shares memories of her Aunt’s memories of how she collected her two internationally collected artist Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) paintings.

Margaret shares;

My Aunt lived most of her life in Europe working for the Air Force as an administrator of the Air Force schools, in Germany, France and Spain. She is 93 (in 2012) years old and I have moved her back to the states,along with her personal possessions including two of her paintings.She talked about the artist she knew while she was in Germany. The two oil paintings by Diego are signed on the front and the back. I have taken pictures of them and have included them with this letter. One of the paintings needs some repairs, and I didn’t know how I should have this done. My Aunt is living in a retirement home, and wanted her paintings to be with her. She told me that Diego was working on a painting for President Kennedy when she first met Diego.”

Diego Voci; Paessaggio 1966 32″ x 23 3/4″ oil on canvas
Diego Voci; Fiore 1966 23 3/4″ x 19 7/8″ oil on canvas

To see more: https://youtu.be/GG5Jl-2FuXM

#TRAVELS THROUGH #GERMANY

Carol Bachofner shares her internationally collected artist Diego Voci story;

“I own two original Diegos’ purchased in 1973 through Naffouj Gallery, in Landstuhl, Germany. I bought two large ones at the time at an art show through Naffouj Gallery. The exhibit was held at the “General Von Steuben” Hotel in Wiesbaden and Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) was there in person.

I later visited Diego at his home in Germany and purchased another small watercolor painting on wood directly from him. The colorful one on wood is a village scene. The other one is of a Pueblo village in the American southwest where Diego said he’d traveled. These are original and are signed by Diego. My two large Diego paintings are with me in Maine.”

To Learn more click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Exhibitions_in_the_US

LA REVEUSE “THE DREAMER” FOR SALE #EBAY!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Diego-Voci-painting-titled-La-Reveuse-1982-in-Acrylic-and-Pastel/352673551735?hash=item521cfb5577:g:Z8AAAOSwt0pc4EO4

A Diego Voci drawing (D-5822041) in Acrylic and Pastel on board purchased in 1982-83 Ramstein Air Force base in #Germany.

Wiesbaden Germany is a city of culture and beauty. Tourists from all corners can be found walking and shopping on the famous Wilhemsstrasse. It is there that Siegfried Dahms displayed magnificent works by DIEGO in his luxurious gallery space.

Here are two pages from a 1979 catalog designed by Adolph Merkt, Taunusstein (the town where DIEGO’s widow Helga continues to live in the home where she and DIEGO lived and worked). The words are those of Herr Dahms.

“DIEGO creates works of art which are full of expression and timeless beauty, which deeply impress and fascinate people with its exceptional appeal, and instill the desire to possess.

DIEGO is one of the few artistic personalities whose paintings really appeal to people. They understand, they get excited about, and they really enjoy living with DIEGO’s art. The beauty of his paintings and the desire of possession are often so immense that people gradually acquire more and more of his work. DIEGO buyers soon become DIEGO collectors.”

To Learn more about inspirations to dream about; https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

#DIEGO AT HIS FINEST!

(L) Gigi Bellati (C) Diego Voci (R) Lino Storero; 1977 at La Gondola Ramstein Germany
Diego Voci; Drawing on front cover brochure for Exhibition at La Gondola Ramstein 1977
Inside brochure for Exhibition at La Gondola Ramstein 1977; Here you can see an exhibition of the painter DIEGO VOCI; Attend. Shown will be: oil paintings, tempera, drawings etc.