During a 1974 interview with John Krueger, about Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) he quotes DIEGO saying “I love America and the Americans”, enthuses Diego with the typical expansive gesturewith his Fellini face in Mastroianni manner.” THAT WAS OUR DIEGO!!!
Writing for the #Stars_and_Stripes John further stated, “Diego’s productivity is the envy of other painters, and if he stays up all night these days it is to create at his easel. Mornings are for sleeping. Afternoons for sales. The ground floor of the house is a combination Studio & Gallery. American cars with their green U.S. Forces plates pull up and fill up with Diego Originals. I saw a young haired blue-jeaned officer squeezing wife son and newly-acquired Diego painting into a low-slung sports car. Many of the Americans come from neighboring Patrick Henry Village. They have seen Diego’s exhibits in German galleries or in the States. He travels regular to the US “where the art action is”. Helga and he drove coast-to-coast last fall and found “everything so colorful so panoramic.””
Traveling to the Unites States of #America also combined trips to CANADA where Stephen and Wendy Max hosted DIEGO and Helga. Read more in our DVP July Newsletter:
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
In the same spirit of the previous “Ebony and Ivory” post COLORBLIND SERIES 4 #COLORBLIND DIEGO ART SERIES 5
We now present a black and white LINOCUT experiment by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).
Diego was always experimenting, glass paint, sand paint, collage, and here LINOCUT. As an example of his artistic genius, I’d rate this at best a “C” plus, but not bad for the first time carving piece of linoleum. The hard part is to think in reverse: what you carve away becomes the white, and what’s left of the lino surface covered with ink and pressed to paper becomes the black.