In honor of the last few days celebrating Black History Month, the Diego Voci Project presents number 7 in the “COLORBLIND SERES” with “Jeune fille Avec Port Jaune”. An exquisite portrait of an African “Young Girl with a Yellow Pot” acquired by Captain Gene Page in 1974 from Antonio DIEGO Voci at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.
Captain Page had very good taste! Appreciate the bold color contrast and the folds in the fabric. Where is this painting today? We would like to know.
The image comes from hundreds of index cards, which Helga, Diego’s widow kept to document Diego sales. Faded by time the old photos lost their OOMPF. Shown here is the index card and photo, next to what the painting may have looked like as originally envisioned by Diego. Stephen Max, Producer for the DVP, brought the beautiful young African girl in the painting back to life.
Here are links to the series the “Colorblind” presented by our DVP team. Diego embraced every skin color. Because in truth, ALL lives matter:
It was July 1980, Helga, Diego and Alessandra arrived for a visit to Stephen and Wendy Max’s home in Canada. During their visit, they had organized an exhibition of Diego’s works in Edmonton. Among the first paintings sold in Canada through this event was “Jeune Homme Musicien”. It was the first of many Diego’s purchased by Gisele and George Dean.
Read more in our Newsletter, produced by Stephen Max for the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT.
Stephen Max shares gratitude to all who participated in the 100th Year Celebration of DIEGO. Collectors poured in from everywhere to share their works, a new publication created and inspirations to what grabbed each collector when they purchased their Diego works. Diego was about the people and all those who saw and met along his life. To purchase this celebratory book click here: https://www.blurb.com/books/10242206-diego
“When I saw my first Diego I was taken by the skill and application of colours. My first purchased painting was titled “Impressions of Nuremberg” done in brown tones with lots of gold leaf on most of the spires of the buildings. The way it reflected sunlight was jaw dropping. I decided to track down this Artist. I went online in search of other works and found “The Diego Voci Project ” site and was mesmerized by the array of beautiful paintings in various styles and media offered for sale. This is how I communicated with Helga and through many emails arranged to purchase what I thought were still some exceptional works by Diego. I was so taken by Diego’s gifted talent and learned from Helga that her husband worked rapidly on each piece of art and from memory often using his imagination to the fullest. So now I’m the proud owner of approximately 40 oil on canvas, tempera and mixed media Diego’s.”
Leading Jim (in Canada) to assemble the 2nd largest collection of internationally collected artist Diego Artworks in the world.
Antonio DIEGO Voci loved his 3 ladies: Helga, Alessandra, and his dog “Lady”. Years before Diego met Helga in 1960, he had a pet lion of which Helga says “he had this lion for several months, from baby on until it started to become dangerous” . . . born in the #horoscope sign of the lion DIEGO lived his life to the fullest. Of death he said, “We are all dying, a quiet travel.”
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).