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An Artistic Wonderland awaits all visitors to The Diego Voci Project where we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Diego’s birth (August 10th). This year marks the 100th year since the Master’s birth in Gasperina Italy. This summer set your sights on a Diego experience. From Masterpieces in oil to Tempera and Watercolour, there’s plenty of faces to discover. In recognition of this once in a lifetime occurrence we are creating a book titled Diego The Artist of a Thousand Faces. Enjoy the celebration and this new video from Stephen Max
Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee) https://youtu.be/_WUYmz0Jkc0, the youngest of 3 brothers was born Antonio Innocenzo Voci on 10 August 1920 in the mountainous region near Catanzaro, Italy, in the small village of Gasperina, Born to be an artist.
“Diego” was the nickname in the artist’s adult life. He shunned his middle name “Innocenzo”. His family called him “Toto” as a child he signed his works VOCI through 1965. Thereafter “Diego”.
Diego lived up to the title of his 3-page biography “This Artist Is A Lion” that appeared in the May 1974 TV Guide. “His course mane of black hair jutting out drastically behind him, DIEGO is the image of his zodiac symbol – the lion.” https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#43393
Diego’s voices came thru his art and over the years became the “Artist of a Thousand Faces” and “Master of the Surreal”. To view the book, “Beauty of Diego” http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego
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62 years ago, Messina Arcangela, the Matriarch of the Voci family was treated to her long awaited religious wish to visit Saint Peters Basilica in Rome. Internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-85) is standing to the right of his mother Messina (the 3rd one in from the left).
Diego Voci’s family in Gasperina, Italy were devote Catholics, which shows up in Diego’s painting below titled “Procession“.
Diego Voci “Procession” #93877 20 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ oil on canvas
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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.
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.”
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Page 2 Content of 1974 Diego Catalog by Coop Cooprider, DiegoVoci™Historian begins with this quote by DiegoVoci™ interviewed by journalist Victoria Williams in Germany:
“A man does not find interest to be artist… it
You don’t ask yourself what day you have the idea…
it grows from yourself.”
#DiegoVoci™ painting “The Red Hand“, 1974, 100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas
Victoria Williams, free-lancing at the time, wrote the following biographical sketch:
“Antonio DiegoVoci™ was born August 10, 1920, in Gasperina, a little #village in south #Italy. Typical of most parents, Guiseppe Antonio and Messina Angela encouraged their son to study for a traditional #profession. His father said,
‘The God of Art does not give bread Diego’
…but this was not important. The compulsion for #art was too strong – the pleasure too rewarding. DIEGO was born to paint. DIEGO sold his first painting at 18. Since then art has been his profession, his life; his complete livelihood.
“I paint for pleasure… I like to work.” – Diego
At 19, DIEGO began his studies the #ACADEMY #SANMARCO in #Florence where he was tutored during a 3 year period in the #arts of #painting and #sculpture.
DIEGO began traveling the world at 25, living the life of a true #Bohemian artist, painting for his room and food. DIEGO continued #studying, #painting and #meeting with other popular artists of the #century.”
“The real academy is the Café… where you meet so many artists.” – Diego Voci™
Victoria Williams Interview continues on Page 3
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The Diego Voci Project never received an image for the Diego Voci Archive Database. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org with any information on “Jerry O” or the image.
As evidence of Diego’s dedication to Helga here is the #Paris registration required for Diego to speak for his new love Helga in the hospital. Notice (in the image below) Diego is still signing Antonio Voci. “Diego” did not show up on documents for another 5 years.
What follows in the next blog is Chapter 3 Paris Summer 1960 to February 1962 by Helga.
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.
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How and when did Antonio Innocenzo Voci (No Diego), born August 10, 1920 in the small village of Gasperina, Italy become known as “Diego”?
Friends and family called him “TOTO” in his years of youth (No Diego).
Somewhere from “TOTO” there was a change to “Diego” even though he would not sign his art “Diego” until 1965. Early works of art were signed some form of VOCI. As late as 1965, his works were advertised by Schloßgalerie, #Zürich, as Antonio Voci (Not Diego). He signed “A. Voci”.
Yet much earlier he was called “Diego.” How & when is unknown. Anthony “Tony” Voci in 1957 (son of Diego’s older brother Vincenzo) toured Europe with “Diego”. Tony said in an interview;
“Every town we drove thru, Diego would say we need to stop for an espresso and cigarette”…. When Diego would walk into the restaurants, the owners would welcome him as “Diego”.”
Diego signed “D. Voci 1957” on the gifts he drew for Tony during the same travels.
In 1960 the famous sculptor Gigi #Guadagnucci used the name “Diego” to introduce him to Helga at the Les Deux Magots café in Paris. Helga knew her husband-to-be as “Diego” for their 25 years together.
He first signed his work “Diego” in 1965 when Joy Gibson, the Canadian art dealer began representing his work.
In 1970, he signed a contract with Dr. Jawdat Naffouj, as “Antonio Diego.”
In 1974, he signed a contract with Cooprider signing “Diego Voci”.
1976 was the first time he offered his name as Antonio “Diego” Voci on an official government document. It was with the town of Taunusstein for a residence permit required to buy the house / studio where Diego & Helga lived together until his death in 1985. Helga maintains the same address.
So again, the big question is: how and when did “Toto” become “Diego”? Can you help?
You can see a few signatures from his paintings on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/signatures/ and Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Gallery
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