The prestigious Galerie Dahms (back in the early 1980’s) located on #Wilhemstraße, one of Germany’s busiest upscale shopping streets was owned by Siegfried #Dahms and his wife until they retired and closed the shop in 1990. Here is the 14-page catalog Herr Dahms created for DIEGO collectors, using Coop #Cooprider 1st ever published 8-page catalog:
To view Coop’s 1974 catalog in English please click here:
“2 Girlfirends” was selected for teh Private #Collection as one of the favorites by DIEGO’s associates at the #NAFFOUJ #GALERIE in #Landstuhl #Germany.
Joy #Naffouj, who with then husband Dr. #Jawdat_Naffouj represented #DIEGO_VOCI in Germany starting in 1966. They met Diego while doing #caricatures. Soon, Diego presented a collection of #paintings to show his versatility, technical skills and styles. He agreed to sign a contract where he was “committed to a guaranteed income”. So the story goes . . .
. . . have you seen DIEGO’s caricatures? Read more here . . .
Take a virtual tour of Coop Cooprider’s Private selection of DIEGO artworks he is letting go, though not easily! Couretsy of Stephen Max, DVP Producer and DIEGO COLLECTOR. Find out #SPECIAL PACKAGE #DEALS and #BOGO Details at link below images.
These colorful #muses are a testament to Diego’s comment about women:
“A man look at woman… this is cerebral feeling. Venus is love god … who made her? In reality Venus never existed. I like for example fat woman … that’s the way I build Venus. Or I like the skinny woman … that’s the way I build Venus.” DIEGO #VOCI, 1974
3 years ago, we the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT posted an exquisite artwork by Antonio DIEGO Voci asking “Where is it Now?” We heard nothing. So, I (Kami Cooprider) happened to see the Index Card which #Helga_Voci created to track #DIEGO’s sales over the years, shown below the true color image here: “Arlequin sur la Plage” by #DIEGO
I decided to search for the owner’s name on the card. Low and behold there was a man of the same name right nearby in Chula Vista, CA – just miles down the road from San Diego. Making a photocopy, I snail-mailed the images to Gene A. and gave him our DVP phone number! 2 days later the call came in. Gene was as surprised by our mail as we were to hear back from him. YES, he still owned this exquisite oil painting “Arlequin sur la Plage” and it graces Gene’s walls still today! And,he owns 2 more #DIEGO artworks!
Better still is the story Gene shared about how, while visiting with DIEGO, he noticed there was a trace of a figure on the wall on the left next to the #Harlequin:
So, Gene asked DIEGO to paint over it some before taking it home. Yet, here we are 40 years later and the figure is starting to slowly reappear according to Gene. The next day Gene sent an image of the back of the canvas – here you see it. DIEGO often painted over canvases and always said, “You don’t ask yourself what day do you have the idea… it grows from yourself.” – DIEGO Quote from Victoria Williams article 1974.
We’ll be featuring another of Gene’s DIEGO artworks soon! Keep an eye out for more . . .
CHECK OUT #Harlequins, #Alequins, and #Harlekins by Antonio DIEGO Voci:
During a 1974 interview with John Krueger, about Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) he quotes DIEGO saying “I love America and the Americans”, enthuses Diego with the typical expansive gesturewith his Fellini face in Mastroianni manner.” THAT WAS OUR DIEGO!!!
Writing for the #Stars_and_Stripes John further stated, “Diego’s productivity is the envy of other painters, and if he stays up all night these days it is to create at his easel. Mornings are for sleeping. Afternoons for sales. The ground floor of the house is a combination Studio & Gallery. American cars with their green U.S. Forces plates pull up and fill up with Diego Originals. I saw a young haired blue-jeaned officer squeezing wife son and newly-acquired Diego painting into a low-slung sports car. Many of the Americans come from neighboring Patrick Henry Village. They have seen Diego’s exhibits in German galleries or in the States. He travels regular to the US “where the art action is”. Helga and he drove coast-to-coast last fall and found “everything so colorful so panoramic.””
Traveling to the Unites States of #America also combined trips to CANADA where Stephen and Wendy Max hosted DIEGO and Helga. Read more in our DVP July Newsletter: