Just received on Facebook Messenger from Helga images of old photographs from an art show that took place 1983 or 84 at La Bella Casa Restaurant in Kaiserslautern.
This is one of many art shows Diego had at restaurants. Diego loved gathering around people, food, and selling his works of art.
Top left: Diego taking a moment to admire Helga as she was in conversation.
Top right: Helga and Diego in conversation with a potential Diego collector and by the looks of it the potential collector was having a good time.
Bottom left: Christina Khan (who represented Diego during the 1980’s embraced a moment with Diego here in this photograph.
Bottom right: Diego deep into a conversation expressing his Italian emotions.
For more information on Helga Voci’s Biography: https://www.diegovociproject.com/helga-and-diego
Diego Voci “Lobster” oil on canvas 70 / 80 cm
This painting was valued at $550 over 50 years ago (a half century). “Lobster” by internationally collected artist Diego Voci was given to the owners of Pizzeria FIRENZE in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The Diego Voci Project has retrieved the original photograph of this painting.
Today, at FIRENZE, you can still view the many DIEGO artworks on the walls of the restaurant. Search for Pizzeria FIRENZE and Diego Voci on Facebook!
Read more about the internationally collected artist Diego Voci on Artifact Collectors:
John and Kathryn Marchi share their soulful story about how they met #Diego and acquired their two Diego works of art.
Kathryn Marchi reached out to the Diego Voci #Facebook page from a post yesterday title
“I LIKE DIEGO’S WORK BECAUSE…” . Stephen Max, Canadian Diego Voci Project Team member asked Diego Collectors in the most recent Christmas Diego Voci Newsletter, what they like about Diego’s work. And the responses are coming in. Please share yours!
“We are very excited about your Diego project!
Our Diego painting has been a centerpiece in our homes and admired by guests for over 40 years. We’ve loved telling the story about how we met Diego and our visit to his studio in the Taunus in 1976.
We were a military family, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany from 1975-1977. At that time, Diego was exhibiting and selling his paintings in the Frankfurt Officers’ Club. We met him there and admired his work.
In March, 1976, we received an invitation to attend an open house at Diego and Helga’s studio/home in Taunusstein-Neuhof near Wiesbaden, Germany. We were greeted at the door by Helga, dressed in black slacks and a sheer off-white blouse- a truly stunning woman. Upon arrival, each guest was given a number and were told that later on in the day, a drawing would be held for a special prize, not further identified. The home was small, cozy and decorated like one would expect from an artist…and quite charming. Paintings were displayed everywhere. Shortly after this, I noticed that Diego was sitting on a stool before an easel at the rear of his home, where I suspected he did all of his sketches and painting. I stood nearby and watched the sketch of a gypsy woman unfold. He created the picture, using one color and shades thereof. Once completed with his brush, he took a black magic marker and put in appropriate highlights. To my recollection, this beautiful sketch was created in less than 5 minutes. I was truly astounded. You can guess how we came by our sketch! Yes, our number was drawn and we were the thrilled recipients of the Gypsy Woman prize. Diego continued at the easel throughout the day and numbers were drawn periodically for the various sketches.
As we browsed throughout the studio, we were also told that Diego had begun to paint landscapes and there were many being displayed. However, my wife and I preferred what we considered Diego’s trademark; paintings of soulful female faces. “Venus in the Springtime” caught our eye and we purchased the painting that day. Unfortunately we have forgotten the price we paid; however, the enjoyment of this painting has been priceless.”
John D. Marchi
LTC (ret) US Army
Diego Voci’s Birthplace: Via Regina Elena, 85 Gasperina (CZ) Italy
95 years ago today in a tiny village of Gasperina, Tailor Guiseppe Antonio Voci’s wife Messina Arcangela gave birth to her second of three sons, Antonio Innocenzo Voci, destined to become the internationally collected artist known as “Diego Voci”.
Like his 2 brothers, Diego attended tailoring school in Reggio, learning skills he would apply designing clothes for himself and ladies of his liking, click on link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#1920.E2.80.931938:_early_life. But art was his true love. “I must to paint”. Diego did not hear his father’s advice “The God of art does not give bread”.
Diego would draw incessantly. 4,000 oil painted canvases and thousands of works on paper. Yet in the elite art world Diego Voci remained unknown. That is beginning to change as his exceptional talent is being discovered by a New Generation. Diego Voci Project is searching for and cataloging Diego’s art in the world’s only Diego Voci Archive. Please help us fine them all.
Diego Voci Birthday Celebration Newsletter: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cb3fa199216c4f48823999e03&id=ad08915bdf&e=6d666d3000
Learn more about Diego Voci on YouTube, Google, Facebook, WordPress and Wikipedia.
Diego Voci Historian
Diego Voci Project
Authorized by Helga Voci, sole owner of the Diego Voci Estate
AC DV History #74 5/5/2012
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Diego Voci on Google and YouTube.
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Great work Stephen Max, Diego Voci Project volunteer, with the creation of the “$30K Reward” video https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc. We posted your video Thursday on Facebook. Look at what we uncovered as a result from out of nowhere!
Tom Frinta: 22 May at 1:31am
Diego and I were close friends in the seventies. One day in summer 1980 he asked me whether I could help him salvage a huge collection of oil paintings that he had loaned to gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. The Gallery had gone bust and the paintings were stored in the interim in a grand chalet on a huge estate South of Namur, Belgium. The owners refused to communicate with him. – So I suggested that I would drive him in my Mercedes very early on a Sunday morning when everyone was home and still asleep in the castle. We found the place and at 6am we knocked at the front door awakening the custodian. Luckily for us only the custodian was present so we avoided any big discussions and we managed to salvage all of his 30 or so oil paintings bringing them safely back to his home. – Diego will smile when he reads these lines in heaven 🙂
If one stolen painting is carrying a US$30,000 reward, I wonder how precious my car must have been when I returned to Frankfurt that day.
We learned for the first time that Diego was represented in a Gallery in Antwerp and in a country Belgium not on his resume. We’ve reached out to the widow of Diego Voci, Helga Voci to see if she recalls the name of the gallery in Antwerp.
Isn’t this exciting not only from extending Diego’s historical provenance but also adds credibility to the value of Facebook and other social media sites.