4 DIEGO VOCI TREASURES FOUND AT ESTATE SALE – NUMBER 3

CLOWN VOR DEM ZIRKUSZELT” – Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) was a playful character. Diego, as he was best known, liked being at the center of the happenings! Described as “charismatic”, “worldly”, a “man’s man”, “empathetic” and “boisterous” in nature.  Diego did have a great sense of humor. No wonder Diego could whip out clowns with ease and fun! 

CLOWN vor dem Zirkuszelt for POST with Title et al 6 APR 2018Over the last 10 years the Diego Voci Project has been privy to many of Diego’s clown faces sent by many of you. Most we’ve seen and shared on social media are of the chest/neck upward always with great detail in the eyes and face. This particular clown includes a circus tent that is highlighted in the background and on the left some bright colored squares with hues of the sun fading into the sky.

Before Tom Catron won it at auction in South Dakota, Beverly Cowan had purchased Diego’s clown in Germany. Beverly was a teacher to 6th grade students for 5 years, she must have had a sense of humor to teach young kids in the 70’s!

Beverly’s clown does not exactly smile, but then again we’ve seen very few with smiles. Most DIEGO clowns have a neutral expression or even somber faces. Here a white cap is balanced with the broad wide collar, also emphasizing his make-up. The grand greenish bow tie with thin vertical red stripes is centered and bold. And, the eyes follow you once more, . . . now, see more DIEGO clowns:    https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/clowns-diegovocitm/

See the 1st of the 4: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/diego-voci-treasure-found-at-estate-sale/

Do you own a DIEGO artwork? Have you recently found a DIEGO artwork? Contact us:

diegovociproject@gmail.com

 

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The “Entertainer” at the Easel

The clown genre by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-85) is among the world’s all-time best.

A wannabe jester himself, Diego loves to clown around, as you see in these two images followed by “The Clown” for which there is a $30,000 Reward offered.

Helga Voci who was beside Diego from 1960 to 1985 says “Diego liked to be entertaining and do funny things, stupid things”.

Maybe that’s why Diego was so fascinated with clowns, of which he painted many from memory.

Diego Sense of Humor with Fur Hat and Turbin

There is a $30,000 REWARD OFFERED for one special clown stolen from Otterbach, Germany.  Link to YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc

Diego Voci

http://www.diegovociproject.com

TOO #UGLY A #CLOWN TO BE A #DiegoVoci™

CLOWN FAKE OR NOT JAN 2016 REVIEW TWEAKED TO BRIGHTEN 7 JAN 2016

Listed on E-Bay January 2014

Others said “#FAKE, it can’t be a Diego”.

But, Helga Voci, the widow of DiegoVoci™ came to Diego’s rescue,

“Yes! It definitely is a Diego!”

It turns out this is a famous #clown illustrated by many artists, similar to          #Emmett Kelly, #Bozo, and #Ronald McDonald.

14 FAKE CLOWNS that look like Diegos 25 JAN 22016 KAC

But, who is this sloppy looking clown Diego painted? Do you know?

Help the DiegoVoci™Project identify!

Contact us: diegovociproject@gmail.com

                              See our Artifact Collector Blog Post from January of 2014: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/buyer-beware-possibly-fake-diego-voci-painting-535.html

The DVP also has a “Clowns” Board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

SEND US YOUR #PHOTOS and #MEMORIES OF #DIEGOVOCI

The #Cooprider family has never been distant from #ART. My mom Patti, an #ArtHistory Major, is having a show this weekend – with just a #Taste of her talent being shown in La Jolla, CA. Patti and my dad Coop raised us in Europe and always made sure we appreciated the cultures and the arts of each country we visited. My parents both studied Art – and even with seven kids we traveled, they traveled, seeing museums and collections we never dreamed of seeing in person. They continue with their passion of the “#Arts.” Check out my mom Patti’s Gallery Show link: http://www.1210gallery.com (FB, too).

Below are 2 photos. First shown are my dad Coop Cooprider (Diego Historian) with my 6 siblings (I took the photo in ‘72) with one of their first Diego Oil #Paintings up on the wall. “Friends” was bought from Naffouj’s Private Collection (see our heading on WordPress).

“Friends” by Diego with the COOPRIDERS, 1972

Antonio DIEGO #Voci is just one artist who graces my parents walls today in their home in California 40 years later. Best, here is the 2nd photo of my mom, #Diego, my younger sister Kendra– and myself #Kami – shown below. Diego took time (not much – maybe 5 minutes) to sketch for me my own personal “Clown.” It hung on my walls for many years. During my many moves over the last 40 years though – it disappeared.

Diego sketching a #CLOWN for #KamiCooprider, with mom Patti and Sister Kendra, ca mid 70's

Diego sketching a #CLOWN for #KamiCooprider, with mom Patti and Sister Kendra, ca mid 70’s

#TRIVIA: a point often overlooked in old photographs where Diego was captured there might be a hidden DIEGO we can identify – notice the “Flower” Painting in the top right corner? It could be the one that belongs to this day to the “Dr. Ogden Brown” family in Colorado. “Petit Fleurs” is one of the numerous DIEGO artworks in their family collection. https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

“Petit Fleurs” by Diego Voci, PC. Dunne-Brown

Do you have old photos with DIEGO in them?   Send them to us: diegovociproject@gmail.comcom or post on Facebook “Diego Voci”

Search DIEGO VOCI on YouTube and GOOGLE

AC DV History #206 9/6/2015

#DIEGOVOCI VERSATILITY vs. #BERNARDBUFFET SAMENESS

Bernard #Buffet clowns have sold at auction upwards of $100,000 each. They are instantly recognizable as #Buffet due to his repetitive heavy black brush strokes.

Fans addicted to #Diego Voci’s art wanted to possess at least one or more paintings of every #genre. This caused Diego to paint more #clowns that he otherwise would have – just to satisfy his buyers. However  . . .

. . . Diego made every effort to make each clown distinctly different, yet distinctly recognizable as a Diego work of art. Here are 8 examples of each artist:

#Clowns by Diego Voci and Bernard Buffet

#Clowns by Diego Voci and Bernard Buffet

“#Send in the clowns” may have been a big hit in the 70’s, but so were Diego’s clowns.  Check out more of Diego’s clowns:                     https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/clowns-gallery/

Send us your Diego Clown: diegovociproject@gmail.com

#SEE HALF CENTURY OLD LOBSTER – DINING WITH DIEGO PART 4

“Lobster”,oil on canvas, 70cm x 80cm.

“Lobster”,oil on canvas, 70cm x 80cm.

Owned by Francesco Daneluzzi, this LOBSTER worn by time, smoke, and vapors has survived on the walls of Pizzeria FIRENZE in Kaiserslautern, Germany also known as K-Town. The LOBSTER is over 40 years old, and Francesco knew Diego Voci until his passing in 1985.

Francesco recalls Diego as, “an artist and a true gentleman. I will never forget him.” He also said, “Diego loved eating #Pasta. I enjoyed serving him very much. He was always very pleasant.”  (“Ich habe ihn sehr gerne bedient. Er war immer sehr nett und hat sehr gerne Pasta gegessen. Er war ein “artista” und ein wahrer “signore”. Ich werde ihn nie vergessen.”)

“FIRENZE” owner Francesco Daneluzzi

Today, at FIRENZE, you can still view the many DIEGO artworks Francesco has kept for his patrons, some who knew Diego and some who are now seeing his work for the first time. See FIRENZE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pizzeria-Firenze

Trivia for today: (and yesterday): Coop Cooprider, Diego Voci Historian since 1973, vividly remembers that “Lobster” on the wall over the years.  The Cooprider family of 9  used to go for “Francesco’s” PIZZA! To die for. Patti had ‘carbonnara’ and Coop loved the ‘gnocci’. 😉 Kami

Tell us your “Dining with Diego” story: diegovociproject@gmail.com

See “Dining with Diego” Parts 1, 2 and 3:

AC P of W #286 8/23/2015

#DIEGOVOCI MASTERWORK A FAMILY AFFAIR

Feast your eyes upon execution of an exquisite true masterwork by internationally collected figurative artist Diego Voci (1920-1985).

The excellence of skill and dimension would have you believe you are wearing 3D glasses. This treasure is the latest addition to the Fairchild Family Art Collection.

harlequin au bonnet rouge 113884 - COPY for POST 28 JUL 2015

harlequin au bonnet rouge31 x 23 inches  (#Harlequin with red cap”)

To see more on “Next Generation” Brad Fairchild’s latest #gold treasures:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/the-sleuths-who-know-find-gold/

To see Brad’s mother Cheryl’s #treasured find and story see:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/potential-diegovoci-model-kicking-herself/

See Brad’s version of #Woman In Gold:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/new-generation-discovering-diegovoci-gold-part-one/

Brad wrote recently,

“I’m so happy with these paintings – every morning when I walk downstairs, I’m thrilled all over again…”

                      Send us your DIEGO finds, we’ll be featuring more #treasures soon!

www.diegovociproject.com

                                   “Diego Voci” is on GOOGLE and YouTube

AC P of W #280 7/28/2015

DINING WITH DIEGO (PART 3) FIVE YEAR MYSTERY CONTINUES

 THE QUESTION IS:

Who controls the 11 artworks by Diego Voci (1920-1985) that took us 3 years to learn they belonged to Ciccio Barchetti, owner of Ciccio’s Ristorante in Pirmasens, #Germany, who passed away in September of 2013.   And, where are they now?

I am Kami #Cooprider, DIEGO VOCI PROJECT Research Assistant, who was raised in Germany by Patti and Coop Cooprider and I like to solve mysteries. My German, which had been out of practice came in handy.

Since March of 2010, the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT (#DVP) has received 11 identical images three separate times from three separate people, each wanting to sell the same 11 paintings. We, the DVP, were excited about a find of 11 DIEGOs at one time! Here are two of the large paintings.

“La Trattoria”  and  “Dorf auf Menorca”   by Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985)

1. When Ursula and Peter Puehler contacted DVP in 2010 via German e-mail to sell the 11 DIEGO paintings, we believed they were the owners. We responded. DVP never heard back from them. 3 years went by.

2. In 2013, Marisa Barchetti, sent images of the same 11 DIEGOs. These DIEGOs were the identical images the Puehler’s had sent to DVP. Marisa only spoke Italian (lives in Rome). She informed us the paintings belonged to her brother Ciccio who had a restaurant in Pirmasens, Germany, but had passed away of cancer. She did not know the Puehlers, or how they got the same 11 DIEGO images. We attempted through various means to communicate. Marisa finally explained she did not have the paintings, but was looking for them herself. We hit only dead ends. More silence.

3. I intensified my search to find the DIEGOs. I found a dated reference to Ciccio online as owner of the restaurant; but, it was now in the ownership of Mario Augurusa. It was re-named Da Mario Ristorante-Pizzeria. I called Mario. He revealed he bought the establishment from Ciccio. He also revealed quite firmly that he knew nothing about 11 DIEGOs and did not know the Puehlers. But, Mario said, “I have a few of my own.” My sister Kendra visited Mario. We featured only 3 of the DIEGOs as his others are in storage, which we have not seen.      https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/dining-with-diego-part-2/

4. THE LATEST: In April of this year, DVP again received the same 11 DIEGO images that Puehlers sent 5 years earlier; this time from a Johannes Volkemer also from Pirmasens. We were awestruck. With a bit of finesse and some luck we communicated in German. Johannes replied to DVP and told us he was Ciccio’s son – and that Marisa was his aunt living in Rome, Italy. He did not know the Puehlers. He was wanting to sell the DIEGOs. We asked that he provide us with backs of the artworks and the measurements, but he said he personally did not have them – Johannes’ sister did. Does she or doesn’t she? We requested the information again on 20 June 2015.

“Il Ponte”                                   “Clown Francesco”                       “Stillleben mit Weinflasche”

SO WHERE ARE THEY?

GOOGLE:  “Diego Voci”  and  check  out DVP www.diegovociproject.com

DINING WITH DIEGO PART #2

In a previous blog (PART 1) we sent you to “Da Sandro’s”  in Weingarten (near #Karlsruhe):   https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/dining-with-diego-in-germany/

In another area of #Germany, a logistic triangle of delightful Italian eateries in Germany, each about 25 minutes apart, received regular visits by internationally collected artist, Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).

In #Kaiserslautern, is“Firenze”  filled with Diego artwork which will be featured in a later blog. 

In #Ramstein, “La Gondola”  (now closed with the passing of Diego’s close friend “Gigi”. More later.)

In #Pirmasens, this blog features“Da Mario’s”  (formerly “Ciccio’s”). Enjoy a dining experience where Diego savored fine cuisine with red wine and a finale of an espresso or two and his ever present cigarette (Diego passed of Lung Cancer in 1985).

     You can sit today with one of the friendly creations of our super star Diego:

Da Marios POST of 3 Images for 18 June 2015

LOGO for POST on Da Marios 18 June 2015

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ristorante-Pizzeria-Da-Mario-Pirmasens-InhMario-Augurusa/139204656169800?fref=ts

Perhaps you know of another restaurants #Diego visited?

Let us know: diegovociproject@gmail.com

More on Diego at www.diegovociproject.com 

AC DV History #202 6/19/2015

TOMORROW A NEW #CONGRESS PRESIDES

There is a big elephant in the room that is afraid of the power of the President’s “Veto Pen”.   Look closely, you can barely see the powerful weapon on the desk.

Did one third of the people who voted put the elephant in the room?  Or was it the two thirds of the people who did NOT vote?

11.17.2014 & 10.27.2014 New Yorker Covers One Image

NOT VOTING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

In a previous #DiegoVoci post we learned that a “Pierrot” is a cousin to the Clown, Harlequin, and Jester, all of which some people who did NOT vote feel run our #Congress. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page8.html#239

This is a message to the two-thirds of Americans who did NOT vote:

You complain that Congress has a bunch of clowns and crooks’.  Look in the mirror. If you are among the two-thirds that did not vote, you are responsible.

Your vote is serious business.

Save our freedoms.  One of them is Freedom of Speech that allows artists to make fun of our elected representatives, as did these artists.  Protect our tax dollars. Your vote, combined with others can clean house.

NOTE: Not much really has changed since 9 months ago when the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Speaker of the Senate Mitch McConnell were portrayed taking their medicine from the President. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page14.html#413

FOOTNOTE: Portrayal of real #clowns was serious business for internationally collected artist Diego Voci (VOH-chee).  There is a $30,000 reward for “The Clown” stolen ca. 1980 in Germany. Link: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page8.html#231

Google “DIEGO VOCI” to see more.