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

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http://www.diegovociproject.com

#Germany! Where is this Painting Now?

Don Quichote and Sancho Panza 60x80cm

This is a faded Polaroid of a internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-85) painting titled: “Don Quichote and Sancho Panza” oil on canvas 60x80cm which was originally purchased about 1975 by Herr Schmalz.

The Diego Voci Project is seeking the whereabouts of Herr Schmalz and this painting.

Helga, widow of Diego, shared with us her memory “as far as I can remember Herr Schmalz was the director of the Canadian Officers Club in Baden Baden, Germany.”   

View additional examples of Don Quixotes painted by Diego Voci on #Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/don-quixote-diegovocitm/ 

#Diego Drew Every #Waking #Minute

Brandon Katryna Benson recently posted this original drawing titled “Die Mutter bit Kind (Mother and Child)” for sale on eBay.

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The buyer of this exceptional drawing received the piece with glass that was completely shattered but fortunately after cleaning away all the shards of glass the drawing was unharmed.

Just a few years ago, the times have changed when no one knew who Diego Voci was on the internet and now paintings are frequently posted on various sites for sale and sold to new buyers of new generations.

In art, often the sign of a great artist is their ability to draw… and Joy Gibson Naffouj, the Canadian art dealer representing Diego during his art career … quoted…”Diego’s hand is so fast it disappears as you watch.”  Tony Voci, nephew of Diego, observed during his 1957 trip in Europe with his uncle… “Diego drew every waking minute“.

Drawing of this nature is done by Diego with certainty of line is complete in just a few minutes.

This Mother and Child subject matter is in memory of Diego’s trip to the Navajo Indians.

For more Mother and Child paintings and drawings visit https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/mother-and-child-by-diegovocitm-madonna-child/

 

 

#DIEGO…#FRONTDOORS…#BAVARIA!

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Diego Sculpture Door 1970 EXTRA

In the 1970, the parents of Helga Voci (Diego’s wife), built a new house in Bavaria. Diego’s artistic involvement can be seen in the interior and exterior to this day.

Here is an image of the front door (along with a close up) designed and sculpted in copper by Diego. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Germany_-_Naffouj_and_Dahms_galleries

The inspiration of the design was of the Roman time period. Notice the Roman numbers across the middle of the door.

To be fascinated by Diego’s talents Google “Diego Voci” and click “images”.  

PAUL GAUGUIN: WHICH PAINTING?

Gauguin and Diego landscapes

If you thought it was the bottom one you would not be alone.  The top painting that sold on February 28, 2017 for $25 million dollars at Christie’s in London is not the typical bold style Gauguin is known for (Google “Gauguin images“).

The lower painting is by Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) from the private collection of Patti and Coop Cooprider.  Google has selected a few dozen of Diego Voci art works for display in their gallery of Diego Voci Images.  Google “Diego Voci” and click “Images”. 

Also take a museum tour on YouTube https://youtu.be/GG5Jl-2FuXM

We are the Diego Voci Project, an all volunteer group assisting the Diego Voci Estate spreading the awareness of the great internationally collected artist Diego Voci and cataloging all of Diego Voci’s works of art in the Estate’s Archive.

Magnetism of Diego Never Loses Power

In this case it was quiet power of women, who make the world hold together.  The words of collector Stanley & Sibylle Wilcox follow this Diego image.

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Stanley Wilcox shares with the Diego Voci Project:

“The title of this next piece is titled “Bauer bei der Ernte” (Farmers at Harvest). It measures 60 x 80 centimeters without the frame. When we first saw this large oil, my wife Sibylle and I were deeply moved by the labored facial expression of the woman standing in the foreground holding what appears to be a grain basket, and the other woman bending over a large half barrel basket with a cloth grain sack. It depicts honor and respect to hard working women in what I believe to be a childhood memory in a rural setting near to where Diego was born in Gasperina, Calabria, Italy.

Hand harvesting wheat was and still is practiced on small family farms in this region. (See interesting reference article and 1950’s/60’s photo posted at Scordo.com – Italian Food Recipes and Lifestyle: “The Wheat Harvest and Memory: Returning to Calabria”.)

Note that an almost identical scene is depicted in the background, strengthening the paintings depth and visually balancing the piece. The men are outnumbered 2 to 1 and are merely serving the role of overseeing the harvest in what I interpret as diminished supervisory capacity influenced by the overwhelming endurance of these women.”

Visit the Diego Voci Project at www.diegovociproject.com to learn more about Diego.

IS THIS #JOSIANE?

George Roberts, a #Diego Collector shares his “Nude” #painting that resembles the look of Josiane, the first wife of Diego Voci.

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You can read a bit more on Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#First_marriage

George Roberts, shares his story about how he acquired this Diego work of art:

“We have a “nude” painting by Diego that was purchased at the Patch Barracks Officers Club in Germany in the late 1960’s from an American female who told us that this was a painting of Diego’s first wife. We paid $250.00 for the painting which was a lot of money in those days. We did not meet Diego. The painting is oil on canvas and measures approx.31” x 21” in the original frame. There is no title on the back of the canvas however a number 1697-9.” (The number on the back of the canvas represents the timing of the painting was complete)

See here images of Josiane (taken in the 1960’s) to compare with the Diego painting owned by George Roberts.

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The last known address for Josiane was:

Josiane Bjelwuck (BJIELEVUK)

Rt. De Jussy

1249 Puplinge (or Paplinge),

Geneve Switzerland

For any findings, please contact the Diego Voci Project Team (an all volunteer group) at  diegovociproject@gmail.com or visit us at www.diegovociproject.com 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WOULD #DIEGO SAY?

“I am always learning, always painting, to fill a need… to express.”  Diego’s exact words.  We want and need more quotes!

First, thanks to Mara, Lars and Stephen for your comments that inspired by the life and art of our hero, Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).

Lars, we are so grateful you found Artifact Collector’s (see link http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page17.html#115141 ) and shared your story with the history your parents have in collecting Diego Voci’s works of art.

ACTION FOR HELP:

Lars, and everyone who knew Diego, we would like to know much more about your personal experiences with Diego every detail to include in the Diego Voci Archive™.  One thing we treasure is the exact words as Diego would express his thoughts from the mundane to the worldly view of the great philosophers; everything in his broken Italian accented English. We are gathering such quotes to publish on Wikiquotes.

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What would Diego say when he was smoking a cigarette? (2 packs a day, unfiltered)

Would Diego say anything after a first sip of wine?

What would Diego say when he was frustrated with a painting?  What would he do? Would he stop and say something or did he gesture a frustration?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when a potential collector came thru the door?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when Diego put down his paint brush and knew a painting was done?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when he sold a painting?

What would Diego say over and over and over again to Alessandra?

Helga, what slipped thru Diego’s voice to keep you calm, “quote” in his words?

Lars, we hope you receive the message on Artifact Collectors “Antonio Diego Voci” thread.  When you sign in on a “Guest” post without registering with AC (it’s free to register when you do) we are unable to respond to you directly and you will not be notified when we respond back to you.*

We” is in reference to the all-volunteer Diego Voci Project to assist the Diego Voci Estate in cataloging all of Diego works of art and creating awareness for the Diego Voci Legacy™.  Helga is still living in Taunusstein, Germany near Wiesbaden.

*NOTE: To all Artifact Collector readers, please sign in.  90% of “Guest” entries get lost in cyberspace of the website, preventing further person to person communication.  Signing in allows use of AC personal messaging system (not available as a “Guest”).

 

 

6 #DIEGO #VOCI #PAINTINGS RELEASED BY #DIEGO #VOCI #ESTATE

Helga Voci, sole owner of the #DiegoVoci™ Estate, notified the #volunteer Diego Voci Project that she released 6 paintings in 2016 from the Diego Voci Estate #collection displayed on www.diegovociproject.com (also some lithographs).

The following paintings will be marked #SOLD on the website.  Madame Voci lists the pieces at what she considers the #wholesale prices to #art #galleries, who in turn add their markup.

Here are the #paintings and the wholesale prices she established on the website www.diegovociproject.com

*Please note that “Prag” is the Birthplace of Helga Voci and “Sacre Coeur/Paris” is where Helga & Diego met in 1960.

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WHAT HAPPENED SINCE #SEPTEMBER 23, 2016?

4 #months later what does #Google search say about the posting of 4 #Diego Voci #paintings for #sale by Diego Collector David Blackburn?

We asked #Google to search: “Diego Voci paintings for sale

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NOTE: #Google #algorithms respond differently in search references based on what they think are the interests of the individual user, so they may show a different order on the readers search.

Searched results:

On the first page Diego Voci Project is noted as number three as an entry within “WordPress.com” stating “Blackburn comment –on- 4 –paintings- for –sale – on”.

Artpal” came up number five stating “I have a #private #collection of nine DIEGO Voci original paintings that I ….”

Page Two of this search on Google shows that http://www.diegovociproject.com shows up #16.  And then dz.wordpress/tag/”Four Diego Voci Painting for sale.” (with images) which also provides link to #Artpal for Blackburn’s 4 paintings for sale.

Visit www.diegovociproject.com.  We are an all-volunteer team assisting the Diego Voci Estate in creating awareness of the internationally collected artist Diego Voci.