“Poor People” by Diego Voci

 “Poor People” by Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985)

Painted on burlap 50 years ago Diego’s “Poor People” looks much the same as the poverty in some 3rd World countries and refugee camps today.

C26 Private Collection Naffouj Poor People on Burlap 39.5 in x 47.5 in.

POOR PEOPLE, 1967, 39 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches

This #painting was commissioned by Dr. Jawdat #Naffouj in 1967 for the Naffouj Private Collection and acquired in 1974 by Diego Voci™ Historian Coop #Cooprider, who started the DiegoVoci™Project. Google us!

Internationally collected artist Diego Voci™ can be found on #YouTube videos. The three best are 20 Year Virtual Gallery, the $20,000 Reward, and the $30,000 Reward: (https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/videos-on-youtube-about-diegovocitm-by-stephen-max/)

Also check out GOOGLE for “Diego Voci” IMAGES and read about the Master Diego at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

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.

Diego Original

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.

I Will Make You A Picture… #Diego said

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Still Life Cubic, 1981 – 90 X 60 CM

Still Life Cubic is a mixed media still life of great texture and depth. The work was created at 2964 Dorman Avenue in Broomall, Pennsylvania, the childhood family home of Chris Voci.

My parents were seated with my Great Uncle drinking coffee and Diego said to my Father: You know, there is no food for us here, not even a bowl of fruit. So, I will make you a picture.

With that declarative statement, Diego asked to be taken to an art store to get supplies. He obtained some thick artist paper and a few paints at a local hobby shop and commandeered the dining room table as his makeshift studio. As children, the Dining Room was essentially off limits. It was a place for adults and in the many wonderful family dinners and parties that my parents continually hosted, the children were generally relegated to the kids table not the river barge-sized gleaming slab of mahogany that was now transformed into the Diego workbench.

He worked quickly that day. Diego had pastels and crayons, my crayons, and water colors. It was hard to believe that this great Master was equally inclined to work with my crayons as he was to pull an expensive European pastel from a dove-tailed wooden box. And so he worked. He did not mind me watching at all. He talked a little as he drew the lines in crayon and washed in the spaces with his pastels held flat. He asked if I liked grapes and he painted grapes. Then he painted quietly. He also filled in some of the fruits with watercolours. The whole piece was done in a little over an hour.

The finished product was amazing. The blues and yellow dominate this colourful and bright piece. Diego gets great light on his bowl of fruit. The darkest part of the work is in the center with a progressively brightening halo expanding to the left side of the frame. His lines are soft but delineate the foreground subject from the cubist space from which it protrudes. It is kind of a reverse Vermeer effect.

My favourite part of this one is the referential fruit in the lower right. A pear a banana, maybe. Diego knew what our home needed that day. This bowl of fruit never stops feeding us.
                                                                                …..Christopher Voci

#Sinner or #Fisherman !!

A #surrealist example by DiegoVoci™ from the Brown #Family Collection in #Colorado, titled, “La dance des pecheurs”.

14 La dance des pecheurs, 23 x 19 oil on canvas, ca. late 60's
La Danse des Pecheurs, oil on canvas, 32″ x 23″ signed “Diego”

The word “pecheurs” has several meanings. “Pécheur” means “Sinner” and  “Pêcheur” can mean “Fisherman”.  “Danse des Pêcheurs” means “Fisherman Dance”.

To see more Google “Diego Voci” and click “images”, also see videos on YouTube.

AC P of W #59 4/9/2012

YOU AND I ARE #DIEGO VOCI’S #ACTORS ON HIS #STAGE

The world and all its’ people were players on DIEGO Voci’s stage. 

What’s your interpretation of DIEGO’s “Mural” at the Voci Family Home?
Helga Voci Mural

DIEGO’s living spirit is contained in framed canvases and muraled on interior walls.

A large wall mural painted by #DIEGO still lives today at the original VOCI Family (pronounced VOH-chee) home, near Wiesbaden (Germany) where DIEGO’s widow, Helga Voci, lives today and where DIEGO lived and painted until his death on December 10, 1985.

The stories that live in DIEGO’s mind were expressed through his works of art.  What stories do you recall of DIEGO? Please email your stories to diegovociproject@gmail.com. 

You may not know when DIEGO saw you, but be sure in his mind, you were auditioning for some future performance DIEGO would direct with his magical brush on canvas.

Helga Voci Mural Close Up

AC P of W 10/23/11 #9

SEND US YOUR #PHOTOS and #MEMORIES OF #DIEGOVOCI

The #Cooprider family has never been distant from #ART. My mom Patti, an #ArtHistory Major, is having a show this weekend – with just a #Taste of her talent being shown in La Jolla, CA. Patti and my dad Coop raised us in Europe and always made sure we appreciated the cultures and the arts of each country we visited. My parents both studied Art – and even with seven kids we traveled, they traveled, seeing museums and collections we never dreamed of seeing in person. They continue with their passion of the “#Arts.” Check out my mom Patti’s Gallery Show link: http://www.1210gallery.com (FB, too).

Below are 2 photos. First shown are my dad Coop Cooprider (Diego Historian) with my 6 siblings (I took the photo in ‘72) with one of their first Diego Oil #Paintings up on the wall. “Friends” was bought from Naffouj’s Private Collection (see our heading on WordPress).

“Friends” by Diego with the COOPRIDERS, 1972

Antonio DIEGO #Voci is just one artist who graces my parents walls today in their home in California 40 years later. Best, here is the 2nd photo of my mom, #Diego, my younger sister Kendra– and myself #Kami – shown below. Diego took time (not much – maybe 5 minutes) to sketch for me my own personal “Clown.” It hung on my walls for many years. During my many moves over the last 40 years though – it disappeared.

Diego sketching a #CLOWN for #KamiCooprider, with mom Patti and Sister Kendra, ca mid 70's

Diego sketching a #CLOWN for #KamiCooprider, with mom Patti and Sister Kendra, ca mid 70’s

#TRIVIA: a point often overlooked in old photographs where Diego was captured there might be a hidden DIEGO we can identify – notice the “Flower” Painting in the top right corner? It could be the one that belongs to this day to the “Dr. Ogden Brown” family in Colorado. “Petit Fleurs” is one of the numerous DIEGO artworks in their family collection. https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

“Petit Fleurs” by Diego Voci, PC. Dunne-Brown

Do you have old photos with DIEGO in them?   Send them to us: diegovociproject@gmail.comcom or post on Facebook “Diego Voci”

Search DIEGO VOCI on YouTube and GOOGLE

AC DV History #206 9/6/2015

“You are hungry. I paint you something to eat.”

A DIEGO oil painting signed “DVoci” has a special connection for the VOCI Family.

About 1957, DIEGO was traveling in Germany with his nephew, Antonio “Tony” Voci, who said “I’m hungry”. DIEGO said, “You are hungry. I paint you something to eat.” and minutes later, here is the result. Tony in his early 80’s, living in Philadelphia where this gift from DIEGO is displayed.

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“Still Life”, 18″ x 24″, 1957, Oil on Canvas, signed “DVoci 1957”

Courtesy of the Diego Voci Project www.diegovociproject.com

Diego Voci on YouTube and Google.

October 23, 2011 AC P of W #8

MEMORIES OF UNCLE DIEGO by Mario #Voci (U.K.)

“Hello everyone! As I was going through some old photos it occurred to me an episode happened when uncle Diego was visiting us in the mid 50’s, same time of the photo where the whole Voci family are posing in front of St. Peter’s in #Rome with “nonna” (grandma) Arcangela ( See photo: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page7.html#198)

Antonio #Diego Voci in 1954

Antonio #Diego Voci in 1954

He came with his big car #Opel #Kapitän and as I was fascinated by its size and style. I asked my father Guiseppe (#Diego’s younger brother) if uncle could take me for a drive, which he did.

Whilst driving I noticed a hammer on the dashboard and I asked what on earth he had such a thing next to him. He took the hammer, and smiling he banged it against the windscreen and  said it was only rubber – that he used it when driving in Paris for the drivers there were a bit naughty. Uncle “Toto” would frighten them by banging the hammer on his windows.

Funny but true. He liked to joke a lot my dear uncle “Toto“. I hope this will be of interest to you.

Best wishes from Mario Voci in England”

Thank you Mario! With regards from the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT Team
Coop, Stephen, Lisa and Kami

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AC DV History #198 4/5/2015