Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci 1920-1985, speaks of her experience of her late husband. #Diego liked to be “Seen” and “Be Seen” at the finest of places… all money made from his art. “I must say at that time I had met many artists who were quite poor, they were all seriously working, they mostly had small ateliers, no comfort, happy when they sold a painting, and then invited the others. And when they didn`t sell – just eating bread and black coffee. Nobody had a car, in fact DIEGO was called: “el pintor con coche” (which means- the painter with a car) . So, when I heard DIEGO inviting me in his car I thought: this man is showing off, besides the car he was very well dressed, like a businessman.”
It is well known in art history that Amadeo #Modigliani in his lifetime (1884-1920) had only one gallery solo exhibition, which was shut down by the police the first day. According to one source, #Modigliani painted 354 oil paintings before he early death.He died poor.The last sale of a #Modigliani this month (May 2018) sold for $157 million.
#VanGogh painted, by one estimate, 900 oil paintings and never had a gallery solo exhibition and sold only one painting in his self-chosen-short-lifetime (1853-1890).He died poor. The last #VanGogh sold for $81 million at Christie’s in November 2017.In 1990, a #VanGogh went for $130 million.
Internationally collected artist Antonio #Diego Voci was born the year #Modigliani died (1920-1985), #Diego Voci had several one-man exhibitions, painted about 4,000 oil paintings in his lifetime and sold most of them to collectors from all over the world.“The Diego Voci Project” has been searching since 2009 to find them and catalog them for historical purposes.Link: https://www.diegovociproject.com/
Here is the newspaper write-up in Germany about #Diego’s final exhibition.He died of lung cancer 43 days later on August 10, 1985.
This large #DiegoVoci™ painting “Poor People” was one of two paintings on raw #burlap commissioned by Joy and Jawdat Naffouj. Joy lives in #Canada. Jawdat still operates a #gallery in Landstuhl #Germany. He has severalDiegoVoci™ #lithograph editions available that he published in the 1970’s.
“Poor People” 39 ½” x 47 ½”
“Poor People” has never been displayed since completed 50 years ago. It now resides in the Private Collection of Coop Cooprider in San Diego. He can be reached at DIEGOVOCIPROJECT@GMAIL.COM.
Many dozens of DiegoVoci™ images have been chosen by #Google. To see what they select search DiegoVoci™, then click IMAGES.
Courtesy of the all volunteer Diego Voci Project Team