To learn more about internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci
”GROUPING” shown below represents faces of the working man, old and young. Faces from memory were an incredible ‘group’ of paintings, drawings, and sketches Diego graced the world with. Diego demonstrated his ability to vicariously experience feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others. His empathy was great!
“GROUPING”, like many of the faces Diego rendered are hard-working regular people in small towns across Italy, like his birthplace of Gasperina here wrapping up the end of the day. Diego had two brothers, Vincent and Guiseppe. Their father Guiseppe Antonio hoped the boys would all continue in the Tailoring trade. DIEGO did learn to tailor and throughout his life designed and made some of his own suit jackets and dresses for the ladies. We have shared stories with Diego fans about his talents in sculpting, designing clothes, painting murals, even sculpting a copper door for his wife Helga Voci’s parents: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/diego-frontdoors-bavaria/
The “GROUPING” is Tom Catron’s last of the 4 treasures he found at auction in Marien, South Dakota, from the Estate Auction of Beverly Cowan’s family. She had collected while living in Europe and while there Beverly became a teacher in #Schwäbisch Gemünd, #Germany from 1973-1978. In her obituary last year a principal said, “she offered a great deal of important services to children and will be sorely missed.” A friend writes “we enjoyed travel for arts, theatre and historic places – the lady was on form.” One can see why she liked DIEGO and his art. Beverly was a hardworking, compassionate and worldly for sure. Beverly, the new owner Tom thanks you!
See more “FACES” in our 1st deluxe coffee table book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego and on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/faces-diegovocitm/
This masterly rendered canvas by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) is titled Jeunes Filles a la Fenêtre (Young Girl at the Window). It was purchased by Eugene Pizzo Jr. in Spangdahlem on August 7, 1980 for $940. This is one of a few thousand Diego works (including drawings) still scattered around the world.
As a viewer you are hereby anointed as a scout. Go hunting. They could be anywhere in any country on a wall, under the bed, in a garage, in a yard sale, in a gallery, on eBay. They are out there somewhere. Help make Diego Voci history complete. firstname.lastname@example.org
eBay ad falsely stated by a seller in Swanton, Vermont stated:
“THIS DRAWING IS FROM THE LATE 50’S EARLY 60’S”
FACT: Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) did not sign his works “Diego” until the last half of the 1960’s when Canadian art dealer Joy Gibson – Naffouj began representing the artist. It was through the encouragement of Joy and her husband Dr. Jawdat Naffouj that the Diego signature took hold. Before that all the art works were signed some form of VOCI. (See 1965 ad in Zurich newspaper https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/attention-look-for-voci-not-diego/
During the time Naffouj was selling works signed “Diego” Galerie Dahms in Wiesbaden continued to sell works to the upscale German market signed some form of “Voci”.
NOTE: We can find no evidence that the Diego Voci Project Team was the source of this misinformation.
In their #25 years of #marriage #DiegoVoci™ did several #paintings and #drawings of his wife Helga.
This imperfect image is of a portrait of Helga from the personal collection of Jawdat Naffouj, oil on heavy canvas, now framed under glass, done in early to mid #1960’s, 24″ ½ x 31″ inches.
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AC DV History #29 5/30/2010
Part Six of Stephen and Wendy Max’s experiences with DiegoVoci™
“Diego’s gregarious personality, his love of company and conversation combined, was the magic of Diego’s art. His personality was in his art. I recall from a conversation while relaxing after a busy first day, our talk shifted from travelling experiences to some dialogue around our entertainment industry, in particular, television and what programs were currently offered for children.
I explained that one of the most popular shows of the day was a production of #Jim Henson’s Muppets. This led to a lengthy discussion around the show’s concept and the characters. Primarily slowed by my clumsy attempts at describing the show. It provided to be a daunting task, explaining something like “#The Muppets”, especially, “#Kermit the Frog” and his hosting duties with “#Miss Piggy”. Diego was intrigued making an entry in our guest book, immortalizing “#KERMIE” in our home, shown above!”
It seems great artists always resort to self portraits, Van Gogh(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Gogh, and Cezanne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cezanne), ,etc. DIEGO, too, (but less often than the others). Here is a profile self portrait and a profile photo.
“Der Kunstler und Sein Model”, oil on canvas, 32″ x 24″ ca. late 70’s
To view a Self Portrait drawing of DIEGO,
AC P of W 3/26/12
AC Diego Voci History #24 5/25/2010
“HELGA and DIEGO” by Helga Voci
Chapter 5 #Wiesbaden, #Germany. 1968 Marriage in #Denmark.
“In Spring 1965 Diego wanted to go to #Germany and we came to #Wiesbaden where he had been living for sometime with Josiane, his ex-wife. We both liked Wiesbaden, so we rented an apartment in #Sonnenbergerstrasse. It was a beautiful place, we got it for a very low price, but had made a contract for 5 years and agreed to renovate it. So for at least 6 months we were living in the middle of sand, concrete, and tiles. But at the end we had a beautiful high ceiling living-room with open fireplace, fantastic new bathroom and a beautiful Studio. We had hand-painted and gold-plated dining-room furniture which I still have today and many beautiful paintings.
In this period #Diego found the Gallery Dahms in Wiesbaden where he exhibited and sold many paintings. He still made caricatures from time to time in #Wiesbaden, #Heidelberg and #Ramstein. There he met Joy Naffouj, a Canadian gallery owner, who was exhibiting different artists in an art show. She was very interested in Diego’s work, so he started to give her some paintings and drawings on commission.
Since his work was selling very well, they both made a contract: so many paintings for so much money per month. I believe this was when #Diego began signing with the name”Diego.” Before he had mostly signed A.Voci (Antonio Voci) or D.Voci (Diego Voci). It worked quite well.
We finally decided to marry, which we did in January 68 in #Denmark. As #Diego did not have to bother anymore about how to sell his paintings, we decided to spend the winter in the Canary Islands. We took our car in December 1968, with lots of canvases and paints of many colors. We went to #Barcelona and took the boat to Puerto del la Cruz (#Tenerife). We rented a little house on top of a big house with a very big terrace. We had a beautiful view over the ocean. We had wonderful 6 months. #Diego painted each day. Once a month we made a roll of the canvases and sent them to Joy and Jadat Naffouj in #Landstuhl, Germany.
In March 1970 the contract of our apartment in #Wiesbaden finished, the house was supposed to be sold, so Diego had the idea to move to Italy. In March 1970 we ordered a shipping company, deposited our furniture in #Bavaria at my parents` place and left for #Italy. We went to several places and finally rented a villa in Riccione at the Italia Adrian seaside. Diego was painting and still sending his paintings to Naffouj Gallery.”
AC DV History #38 6/15/2010
AC DV History #158 11/20/2013