#HAPPYBIRTHDAY HELGA VOCI!

 

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Helga Voci; photo taken @ 1983

Happy Birthday Helga Video!

We celebrate the “radiant” Helga birthday on June 6th.

Helga will be cherishing her day with family and friends.

Below are a few images of the “Life of Helga

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The Diego Voci Project Team wishes Helga Voci a year of good health, good fortune and good wishes!    Visit the biography of Helga and Diego to learn more;  https://www.diegovociproject.com/helga-and-diego

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CUBISM GREATS #BRAQUE, #PICASSO, #GRIS AND #DIEGOVOCI

Braque Picasso Gris Diego Voci CubisticDiego Voci explored all genres.  Internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) inspired by the greatest masters from #Rafael and #Leonardo explored all artistic genres while remaining distinctively recognizable as works by Diego Voci.

Read more: Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia & Helga Voci Biography, widow of Diego Voci.

See more: Google “Diego Voci” ImagesDIEGO VOCI Gallery Tour Video 2018

Visit: Diego Voci Project.com

CALLING FAMILY SOULE

La Revolte #251-201 70x80cm

La Revolte by Diego Voci #251-201 70x80cm oil on canvas 

We would like to locate this Diego Voci painting.  All we know is the last name SOULE, as the original buyer on 24 April 1975.  “LA REVOLTE” is by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).  The price paid 42 years ago was $720 in Germany, in the home studio where Diego and wife Helga lived.   Diego was about people, a master at making them come alive.  Help us find this Diego work of art.

Learn more Diego’s painting trail in his travels in Helga’s biography:  https://www.diegovociproject.com/helga-and-diego.  And see Google’s Diego Collection by searching Diego Voci Images.

Artist Diego Voci was a Man of the People

Helga Voci, Diego’s lover, wife and confidant from 1960 until his death from lung cancer (chain smoker), wrote in her biography, her memory;

“Diego played cards with the Fishermen”

Here is an example of Diego’s memory of 3 Fisherman we found in an old faded Polaroid from 1974.

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Fisherman” # 151-195 60x80cm purchased by Mr. Thomas

To learn more about the life of Helga and Diego: https://www.diegovociproject.com/helga-and-diego

FRUSTRATED VAN GOGH COULDN’T SELL ANYTHING

#VanGogh artistic talent was among the all-time best.  But, it didn’t sell until many years after his #death; and now Van Gogh’s works bring in multi-millions worldwide.

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As noted in the Wikipedia biography (see below) of internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-85), he was motivated not to live the cash-strapped lives of Van Gogh and Modigliani and lived the good life solely from the buyers of his art.

“Diego thrived on camaraderie, as did other artists before him, such as Amedeo Modigliani, both “figurative” artists, both Italian born, both migrated to Paris.  Among Diego’s many facets was a drive never to be poor, never to live a tormented drug ridden life of Amedeo Modigliani who at age 35 “died in Paris exacerbated by poverty only one exhibition to his credit.” or the tortured life of Vincent van Gogh who died at age 37, with only one painting purchased in his lifetime. Diego greatly admired the exceptional work of both artists, but, unlike both artists who found few buyers for their work, in their lifetime, Diego did for his.”

 

Morocco… Spain… and Glass Paint

The presence and recognition of Diego Voci (1920-85) is expanding each day in the world of art.

Here is a recent discovery of a Diego Voci collector Ann Birkhimer whose daughter Karen shares with us their family’s Diego collection.

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The beginning…..”During 1972-74 at one of the officers clubs (not sure but may have been Rhein Main) near Wiesbaden, Germany the paintings were purchased.  My father was stationed there on three separate occasions, the last being 1972-1976.” 

“My mother (Ann) bought them because she just loved them all.  One of them is in the cubist style and quite large (my brother has that one) and it was quite unusual that she (Ann) would purchase something so “modern” as she has always tended to be rather traditional in her tastes. The painting is called “Masks”.  But, for some reason the painting “spoke” to her and she bought it along with the three other more traditional paintings. Those three all look sort of Spanish or Moroccan.”

The “Masques en blue et rouge” is done in “glass paint” which is unique method of material to use for painting.  Here are some other examples of “glass paint” paintings by Diego https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/glass-paint-diegovocitm/

The inspiration for the Spanish “Une Village en Espagna” and Moroccan paintings came from Diego’s love of the people and warmer climates.  Here is an historical excerpt from Helga’s (widow of Diego Voci) biography of her and Diego:

“The weather was very bad in London and Diego wanted to go south to the sun. So we decided to go to Spain in October 1961. We took the car and went southward, stopped in several cities and after about 1 month we arrived in the Andalusia region in a very beautiful little fishing village called Almunecar. This was an artist`s colony, all kind of artists from different countries. 

We stayed until January 1962. We had a beautiful and very interesting time with long discussions, Diego also made paintings and drawings but he never kept anything, when the painting was finished he was not interested anymore and made presents to friends. He was very popular among the Spanish people also the higher class and he felt wonderful.

In February 1962 we left Spain and went to Morocco, first to Casablanca and Tangier and then he was supposed to go to Marrakech to do some work in an American Officers’ Club. I had to go to Germany for personal reasons, so I flew to Munich while Diego stayed in Marrakech.”

Visit www.diegovociproject.com to view and learn more about Diego Voci.

 

Strengthen the Legacy of Diego Voci – Your Photos & Stories about Diego are Needed!

…The second book is in beginning phases of “collecting” material about internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci.

The first book is “The Beauty of Diego” view http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego.  Flip the pages to see 140 images of works by Diego.

This second book will be an extended biography on our master artist, Diego Voci.  We need everyone’s assistance in helping us gather the material to make this a successful publication.  The project team wants to know of every person that has ever met Diego even for a day; those that had a handshake with Diego, an espresso with Diego, a glass of wine with Diego, and a great conversation about life and philosophy with Diego.

All Photographs of Diego are welcomed; photographs of Diego in his early years all the way until his passing.  All photographs with ancestral family before Diego and after.  Was Diego a competitive cyclist, let us see.    Any photographs of Diego as a designer, a tailor, making a special home-cooked meal for those he stayed with while traveling around.  The Diego Voci Project Team wants to see and hear all about it.

We need all of your stories about Diego written in “first-person”.  What did he say?  What did he do?  Every little thing counts to make up the full mosaic of Diego’s life.  You’ll make the book come alive.

Diego’s widow, Helga Voci supplied us with an image (see below) taken back in #1968 in #Paris along the Seine River with her parents, and Tonino Voci brother of Mario Voci in the U.K. They are two of the children to Guiseppe and Maria Teresa Voci, one of #Diego’s older brothers (Vincenzo is the eldest). See more Diego & Helga’s history: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#1

Paris 1968 on the Seine River Helga and Diego with Helga's Parents

Helga also let us know via email this weekend (Saturday 11 Jan 2015),

that Tonino came many times to visit us, he loved Diego, Diego was his great master, he wanted to do whatever Diego did, he also painted a little, but, of course, he did not have his uncle`s gift. Also after Diego`s dead he came many times to Germany to visit me, but unfortunately a few years ago he died in a car accident in Rome. I think he knew much more about Diego than Mario, as he was closer to Diego. I will try
 to find more material on Diego, some pictures, letters, whatever for the new book.”

Please send us your images and material to diegovociproject@gmail.com

AC DV History #193 1/24/2015