“FRIENDS” On The Wall & “FRIENDS” On The Couch

October 1972 Coops 36th Birthday

This October 1972 occasion was Coop Cooprider’s 36th birthday (on left).  The friends on the couch are Ingrid and Walter Nermerich, owners of “Alt Landstuhl Restaurant” in Landstuhl, Germany home of the famous Chateaubriand.

Friends” on the wall is an amazing work of art by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).  The painting was purchased from the private collection of Jawdat and Joy Naffouj, art dealers also in Alt, Landstuhl.  “Friends” has been on Coop and Patti’s walls as they moved around the world ever since.

Coopriders now own about 8 dozen or so Diego art paintings; several are earmarked for selection into a Major Museum Diego Retrospective once a generous benefactor comes forward. 

Three great places to learn more about Diego:

  1. Google “Diego Voci” then click “Images
  2. Wikipedia: Antonio Diego Voci” 
  3. Diego Voci Project website 

NOTE: Coop Cooprider is the volunteer Diego Voci Historian.


The Diego Voci Legacy lives on in big ways and smaller ways. A smaller painting “Petite Fille” completed and purchased in the last year of Diego’s life. Joyce Burke (Diego Voci collector) shares “This piece was given to me for my Birthday in 1985. I love this painting.”


Petite Fille D-3852736 oval

Diego Voci; “Petite Fille” Oval D-3852736


Joyce shares her Diego painting with the Diego Voci Project and sent over an image of the back with the original paperwork from 1985. We appreciate Joyce for the information and the images, as it assists us here at the Diego Voci Project Team in cataloging Diego’s works with the Diego Voci Estate.

Click here to view an outstanding Museum Tour of Diego’s works of art: YouTube Museum Tour


Memories of Menorca (1976) on Diego’s Birthday

Birthdays came and went in Diego’s world however one year Helga planned a special surprise.  Helga invited her parents, Christine Khan and her children, Alessandra was 2 years old at the time, and they all flew to an island off the south of Spain, Menorca.

They rented an apartment and to celebrate Diego’s birthday.  Friends and family gathered around the garden to celebrate Diego with lobsters and fun festivities.  Diego loved camaraderie and even played cards with the fisherman.

While there on Menorca, Diego captured ideas in his mind and here are two examples of sketches (one of 2 year old daughter Alessandra in the yard) were inspired by his birthday celebration.

Am Strand 66x80cm 1500 Euro Watercolor


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To learn more about internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) visit Wikipedia


Today, October 26th, 2015 my dad COOP COOPRIDER celebrates his 79th B-DAY!

As Diego Voci #Historian since 1973, my dad Coop is responsible for almost every publication you may have held on to when you bought your DIEGO artwork(s) since then!  In 2010 when dad and I were googling (it wasn’t even an official Webster’s Dictionary word yet) and found Mary Trimmins’ post on Artifact Collectors, who would have thought we’d be here today having cataloged over 1,000 Diego Artworks in the official DIEGO VOCI ARCHIVE to date at the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT (DVP).

Thank you & send us more: diegovociproject@gmail.com

My favorite of dad’s publications is the 8-Page catalog:

Coop's 8-page Catalog Published in 1974.

Coop’s 8-page Catalog Self-Published in 1974.

The cover seen here, has been used repeatedly over the years by all who love Diego and also like DIEGO’s signature. My dad, Coop, actually watched Diego draw and then created this trademark signature we all recognize. My dad and Diego spent much time together and hence we have the TV Guides*, the Interview with Victoria Williams*, and many memories*! (*See the publications, signature, Helga’s stories and more about Diego, and all 8 pages at our DVP thread on AC: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#43308 )

My brother Kyle and 5 sisters: Shannon, Molli, Gabrielle, Kendra, and Tayna are so blessed to have Coop Cooprider as our dad – and Patti as our mom. They’ll be celebrating 57 years of marriage this coming February. One of my favorite photos is seen here:Dad and Mom COOPS 79th Birthday TODAY 26 OCT 2015

And, in addition to having had a successful career as a top executive, raising 7 children with my mom #Patti – dad, Coop, sings. Instead of pursuing a singing career as “Buddy Ashton” he stayed with mom to give us all 7 – a very good life! Dad took time out about 12 years ago to record a CD (yes, he croons like Frank #Sinatra!) titled “14 for my 7“:

“14 for my 7” by Coop

The DIEGO VOCI PROJECT would not be as successful as it has been without Lisa Camargo and Stephen Max in Canada. We all celebrate together for Coop’s continued desire to enhance DIEGO VOCI’s awareness in the art world! Thank you dad, Kami

JOIN US IN DVP’s CONTINUED EFFORTS: www.diegovociproject.com


Diegos Birthplace Via Regina Elena, 85 Gasperina (CZ) Italy

Diego Voci’s Birthplace: Via Regina Elena, 85 Gasperina (CZ) Italy

95 years ago today in a tiny village of Gasperina, Tailor Guiseppe Antonio Voci’s wife Messina Arcangela gave birth to her second of three sons, Antonio Innocenzo Voci, destined to become the internationally collected artist known as Diego Voci”.

Innocenzo Portion of Birth Certificate

Like his 2 brothers, Diego attended tailoring school in Reggio, learning skills he would apply designing clothes for himself and ladies of his liking, click on link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#1920.E2.80.931938:_early_life.  But art was his true love.  “I must to paint”.  Diego did not hear his father’s advice “The God of art does not give bread”.

Diego would draw incessantly.  4,000 oil painted canvases and thousands of works on paper.   Yet in the elite art world Diego Voci remained unknown.  That is beginning to change as his exceptional talent is being discovered by a New Generation.  Diego Voci Project is searching for and cataloging Diego’s art in the world’s only Diego Voci Archive.  Please help us fine them all.

Diego Voci Birthday Celebration Newsletter: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cb3fa199216c4f48823999e03&id=ad08915bdf&e=6d666d3000

Learn more about Diego Voci on YouTube, Google, Facebook, WordPress and Wikipedia.

Coop Cooprider

Diego Voci Historian

Diego Voci Project

Authorized by Helga Voci, sole owner of the Diego Voci Estate

AC DV History #74 5/5/2012