Today, is the first day of KWANZAA, a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions. Antonio #DIEGO Voci was fascinated with all cultures. #Traveling he embraced traditions of many nations. Shown here is an African Mother and Child resembling Diego’s Madonna and Child genre which we posted just 6 of last week.
“Young Mother With Child” 80cm x 40cm ,Oil on Canvas, #1061-569. Sold December 1976 by “La #Gondola” risttorante in Germany where DIEGO loved to dine!
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States, as well as other countries with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors #African culture in not only the #African-American community but also in the World African community.
This cultural festival from the 26th of December to the 1st of January that climaxes in feasts and gift giving, was initially established to unite African-Americans with their African roots and heritage. Kwanzaa is celebrated by lighting a candle daily, beginning today, 26 December 2017, through January 1, 2018 when it ends. #Happy Kwanzaa all!
For more on Diego’s travels see our “Antonio Diego Voci” – History Thread on Artifact Collectors, where the Diego Voci Project has posted numerous stories shared with us by Diego #Collectors”. Here is one you’ll get a kick out of Helga Voci’s story about Diego the “perfect Indian“: https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page4.html
Below is the “Madonna and Child” rendered by Diego in 1957 for his brother Tony. Diego created a few other great oil paintings to add to Tony and Lois Voci’s Private #Collection for him to adorn the walls of their home in Pennsylvania.
“Madonna and Child” (1957 signed “D.Voci“) Oil on Board by Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985)
1957 was a very full year, just like very other year was during Diego’s lifetime (1920-1985). Diego Voci invited his nephew Tony Voci to travel Europe with him while Tony was stationed in the Armed Services. Here is an excerpt of a great memory:
Tony Voci recalls driving with his artist Uncle and about every hour they would stop at a café for a smoke and espresso. To the surprise of Tony, Diego was greeted as “Diego” everywhere. “Diego” was his own #celebrity. Diego loved people!