This Story is Lots of #Bull!

I was tasked to find Bob Sholar 40 years after my father, Coop, Diego Voci Historian, had visited him in Lorton, VA. I had my father’s hand scribbled 1974 notes on yellow pad indicating Sholar owned 30 Diego paintings!

Yellow Pad SHOLAR Scribbles 1974

I found him in August 2014 in central #Florida. Bob and Gretchen Sholar, 4 decades later still have their halls filled with Diegos, their master bedroom is covered with Diegos, as is their bathroom. Antonio DIEGO Voci was and is a part of their life.

Bob reminisced with me about his memorable “Bull Story” when in 1973 Diego was a guest in his Lorton,VA home:

“My office was on the downstairs level. While visiting and sitting in the office, Diego said, “Bob, I want to draw.” Diego sat on the floor, pulled out his paper, and began to sketch. Diego grabbed whatever tools were available while I watched in amazement as Diego created one after the other. Each one took maybe 15-20 minutes a piece; so within two hours there were 6 or 7 artworks. Diego asked me if I wanted him to draw anything in particular, to which I told Diego I had this farm in Kentucky where I raised Angus Cattle. I want you to draw me a bull.”

“The next thing I know,  the  BULL was there.”

Diego Pictures 027 - Copy (2) - Copy

While there, Diego offered to appraise Bob’s art, not just his DIEGO’s. Bob will be sending us here at the Diego Voci Project – that document when he locates it. Bob also has a photo of himself with  Diego – and Bob is determined to find it  for us as well.

Diego took off from VA to the West Coast – Bob recalls Diego had a show in Broadmoor #Colorado lined up with a collector he knew from Germany: Dr. Ogden Brown, curated by Marsha Largent (http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page3.html#90 )

When Diego traveled back to the East Coast, he stopped again to visit with Bob Sholar. When he arrived, one of the first things Bob remembers Diego saying, was

America is a big country…so much open space …not so many people.

Kami Cooprider, Research Assistant – www.diegovociproject.com

AC DV History #199 4/30/2015

#DIEGO Portrayal of a German #Supper

John and Cindy Silvers were stationed at #Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany from 1965 to 1968. In October of 1966 the Silvers’ acquired two DIEGO’s they presently still own: “Supper” and “Girl with Pitcher.” Joy Gibson-Naffouj in Landstuhl, #Germany represented DIEGO at that time. Shown here is “Supper” (60×80 cm):

SUPPER Nr 1182 60 x 80cm

Supper” (in German “#Abendessen”). The hot main meal of the day in Germany is usually eaten at lunchtime. In the early evening as the last meal of the day one dines on bread with cold cuts and cheese. Wine or hot tea often accompany this typical dinner or “Supper”. In Diego’s rendition of the old man having ‘supper’ one observes the flame indicating it is evening, using the knife to perhaps cut some cheese or meat as his next bite, and a bread roll or “Brötchen” lies next to the plate. The glass of wine and the bottle are part of this old man’s meal. A very typical ‘supper’ in Germany in the day.

John adds, “The frames were made to look old and I don’t know who did that, but we like them. We wouldn’t sell the “Supper,” that will go to our youngest daughter Marni, who did a pencil drawing of it, which was quite good, so she loves the picture.”

An unfortunate health issue put Cindy in the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany – not far from where John worked at Ramstein AFB. She had a stroke at the young age of 29. John explained that Cindy was left with whole right side paralyzed and she couldn’t speak, caused by aphasia. Her right leg came back about 85%; but above the waist, nothing. She was finally able to speak in speech therapy when she sneezed and the therapist quickly said, “What did you say, Cindy?She said, I love you John.” She is quite a fighter and never felt sorry for herself. Cindy raised their four children: John, Lori, Marni and Kevin to adulthood and was an antique dealer in an antique mall.” John retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1972 and then again in 1999 from the Insurance business. business. Cindy and John now reside in Colorado.

John added in a later e-mail to us here at the Diego Voci Project, “Actually, I just recalled that we purchased three paintings. The other was of a Arab man with very dark eyes. The man was just shown as a head and shoulder image. The size of the canvas would be the same and the frame also the same as the two pictured above. When we returned from Germany, a Doctor saw the painting and wanted to have it for his office, so we sold it to him. That’s all I can recall about the third painting.”

Tell us your story. When and where did you purchase your DIEGO? Did you meet Diego? What did he say in his words? What did he do? Tell us your stories!     Write us at:   diegovociproject@gmail.com

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AC P of W #262 3/25/2015

 

 

#Diego Voci and Gigi #GUADAGNUCCI gave us #Passion and #ART

#DIEGO – Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985)

 

#Diego Voci Project

#DIEGO – Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).

#CALABRIA, #Italy HOME OF THE #RIACE BRONZES and #DIEGO VOCI

News from Calabria, #Italy, where #Diego Voci is listed as one of the FAMOUS CALABRIANS, including more than 5 Popes, a dozen Saints, the Versace Family, Artists and more:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabria 

 #Riace Bronze, #CALBRIA Italy  http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?74xib-f2yqa-v3q30y8&_v=2

Italy Risks Priceless Riace Bronzes for Cash

Alexander Forbes, Thursday, August 21, 2014 (Click on Link above to artnet)

“Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini is weighing whether to ship the world-renowned #Riace Bronzes from their home in #Calabria, over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north to Milan, the Corriere della Sera reports. In the proposed plan, the pair of statues would travel to the next Universal Exposition, EXPO 2015, for a period of six months. However, many experts believe that even a slight movement could result in the nearly 2,500-year-old-statues’ destruction. There’s no telling, they say, what havoc such a lengthy trip could wreak.

Known interchangeably as the Riace Bronzes or the Riace Warriors, the pair of life size statues depict naked Greek warriors and were created between 460–420 BC. They are currently housed at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in a climate controlled room on pedestals designed to minimize even the slightest movement due to seismic or other activity. First discovered in 1972, they underwent nine years of conservation before emerging to great fanfare in 1981. They recently underwent a second round of restoration from 2010–2011 while the museum was also undergoing renovations.”

NOT ALL NUDES ARE BEAUTIFUL… OR ARE THEY?

NOT ALL NUDES ARE BEAUTIFUL… OR ARE THEY?.

 

To see more Diego nudes:           http://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/nudes-gallery/

 

More on Antonio Diego Voci:     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

 

Coop Cooprider, Diego Historian: diegovociproject@gmail.com

 

NOT ALL NUDES ARE BEAUTIFUL… OR ARE THEY?

Matisse and DIEGO in one IMAGE for Social Media Aug.2.2014

Henri #Matisse and #DiegoVoci were fascinated with the female body, as many master artists were. The #Odalisque in Red Pants Matisse nude, on left valued at $3 million had been stolen, FBI recovered. #Donna Seduta #nude on right was done by #Diego in 1971, oil on wood accented by strokes of Diego’s palette knife scarring the paint. Diego felt all female bodies are beautiful.   (See #Euronews video: http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/09/venezuela-recovers-stolen-matisse-painting/ )

Coop #Cooprider, Diego Historian, wrote in “The Beauty of Diego”*:

 “Every person has their own perception of beauty. In 1974 Diego described with
heavy Italian accent, the beauty he sees in the female:

“A man look at woman, this is cerebral feeling. When I like fat woman, I build Venus that way. I like skinny woman, I build Venus that way.”

Diego was smitten by the beauty of all females.”

                      *Preview book: http://www.blurb.com/b/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego

BELIEVE IT OR NOT  . . . SOME CRITICS CHOSE THE #FAKE“MATISSE”

            ABOVE is NOT the real $3 million dollar Matisse!     THIS IS:

Odalisque a la culotte rouge - 1925

Odalisque a la culotte rouge, Henri Matisse 1925

The next question to consider is how does one price beauty when not a Matisse? One zero less than $3 million dollars? Two zero’s less? Three zeros? Good art is priceless.

To see more Diego nudes:           http://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/nudes-gallery/

More on Antonio Diego Voci:     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

Coop Cooprider, Diego Historian: diegovociproject@gmail.com

Compulation of #Diego #Voci’s Artwork (1920-1985)

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