Someday in the distant future, the gravesite of internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci 1920 to 1985 will be a tourist destination for art aficionados traveling to Neuhof In Germany to see Diego’s home/studio in his last years.
Helga Voci’s mother Gertrud Brandl who passed away in 2006 is buried next to Diego.
Image on Left: Diego Voci: “Donna Fiorentina” #5812-177 oil on canvas
Image Center: Diego Voci: “Nature Morte” #1071-739 oil on canvas
Image on Right: Diego Voci: “Still Life” #781-838 oil on canvas
Diane Lequar shares with the Diego Voci Project Team; “My husband remembers his parents telling stories about buying Diego’s works (between 1974 and 1983) and visiting a gallery in Wiesbaden, but nothing about them actually spending time with the artist. We did find a folder filled with sales receipts and brochures associated with Diego works they purchased — some for themselves and some for friends and family back in the U.S. There is a set of polaroid photos of 9 Diego works we had in our possession at some point. Attached are images of the backs of the 3 paintings you asked for. We included the sales receipts in the photographs when we had them.” Diane continues; “The person who has Avec Visage and the 2 images of old men must have purchased them when we moved to our new house and thinned the collection. I’ve attached original sales receipts for those 3 in case you need them or the current owner wants them. In other good news, we went down to the basement and found an additional Diego painting — Smiling Clown. Photos attached. Clowns scare my daughter, and I forgot we had this one. (Please note that the inscription on the back of this one was added by my father-in-law after the fact. He had quite the sense of humor.)”
We thank Diane for sharing the story of the Lequar Collection of works by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985).
In the newly published book “ARTIST OF A THOUSAND FACES” Stephen Max, DVP Producer, tells Coop Cooprider’s story of the “An Unintentional Trilogy” by Diego. Three artworks, now in the Cooprider Family Collection, were inspired initially by the famous 1936 photograph #Migrant Mother by Dorothea #Lange shown here courtesy of #MoMa.org. All three DIEGO artworks are featured in the new book:
Diego’s first creation in 1968 was “Lady Drinking Tea” which Dr. Jawdat Naffouj and his then wife Joy were fascinated by and added it to their Private Art Collection and asked Diego to consider making another. The result “Composition with 3 Women” was again a hit also becoming part of the Naffouj Private Collection. Wanting a larger one still, Diego produced “Friends” and as you will see in the book, the back of the painting clearly is marked with Jawdat and Joy’s signatures. In 1974, the “Naffouj Galerie” in Landstuhl, Germany parted with the three artworks as a ‘family’ now owned by Patti and Coop Cooprider. A photo of “Friends” on the wall above proud owner and father, Coop, sitting with 6 of their 7 children in 1974.
GOOGLE “DIEGO VOCI” and enjoy the variety of Diego’s faces he loved to paint!