“When I saw my first Diego I was taken by the skill and application of colours. My first purchased painting was titled “Impressions of Nuremberg” done in brown tones with lots of gold leaf on most of the spires of the buildings. The way it reflected sunlight was jaw dropping. I decided to track down this Artist. I went online in search of other works and found “The Diego Voci Project ” site and was mesmerized by the array of beautiful paintings in various styles and media offered for sale. This is how I communicated with Helga and through many emails arranged to purchase what I thought were still some exceptional works by Diego. I was so taken by Diego’s gifted talent and learned from Helga that her husband worked rapidly on each piece of art and from memory often using his imagination to the fullest. So now I’m the proud owner of approximately 40 oil on canvas, tempera and mixed media Diego’s.”
Leading Jim (in Canada) to assemble the 2nd largest collection of internationally collected artist Diego Artworks in the world.
Chapter Two: Helga meets DIEGO in Paris. In Helga’s words:
“My girlfriend and I decided to go back to Paris in January 1960 to study for another period. Shortly after that I met DIEGO one Sunday afternoon my girlfriend Eve and I were sitting in a very famous coffeehouse which was frequented by many artists: Les Deux Magots.“
“Suddenly the famous Italian sculptor, Gigi Guadagnucci (whom we had already known from before) entered together with Diego (had never seen before) and they came to sit at our table. We had a nice chat and some time later they left.“
“I didn`t see DIEGO for several weeks and then one day I was in a Bank to change some money when I heard a voice behind me….”Mademoiselle Helga…”, I turned and saw DIEGO behind me and he said: “Can I give you a lift with my car?” I must say at that time I had met many artists who were quite poor, they were all seriously working, they mostly had small ateliers, no comfort, happy when they sold a painting, and then invited the others. And when they didn`t sell – just eating bread and black coffee. Nobody had a car, in fact DIEGO was called: “el pintor con coche” (which means- the painter with a car) . So, when I heard DIEGO inviting me in his car I thought: this man is showing off, besides the car he was very well dressed, like a businessman. So I said: “I have to go to school and it`s very close, I can walk there, I don`t need a car.” Finally he convinced me to sit in his car and he explained to me that he had seen me, left the car outside the Bank at a corner (double-parked) in order to follow me and that he had to move the car.“
“I was born in Prag, Czechoslovakia in 1939, just before the war started. My parents were Germans, at that time many Germans had been living in Czechoslovakia for generations. When the war started my father had to join the army and he was killed in 1941 in Russia, my maiden name was Drössler. In 1945 all Germans had to leave Czechoslovakia (because Hitler had lost the war) and we were brought to Germany, my family to Bavaria.“