#EASTER WISH COMES TRUE AT ST.PETERS BASILICA

whole Voci fam Enhanced and Cropped

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“.

C45 Procession #93897 20 12 x 16 12

Diego Voci “Procession” #93877 20 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ oil on canvas

Visit www.diegovociproject.com to view & learn more about internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-85)

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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.

“THE REAL #ACADEMY IS THE #CAFE”-DiegoVoci™

1974 DIEGO Catalog SMALLER VERSION w TM Signature 8 MAR 2016

1974 Diego 1 of 8-page Catalog (Cover)

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
comes automatically.

You don’t ask yourself what day you have the idea…
it grows from yourself.

Page_2_8_pg_brochure_5 DIEGO PAINTING

#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

AC DV History Post #12 5/6/2010

MISSING LARGE DIEGO VOCI™ PAINTING…CALLING #SHERLOCK: WHERE IS “JERRY O”?

Jerry O AC Post 92 & 93 February 2010

The Diego Voci Project never received an image for the Diego Voci Archive Database.  Please contact the diegovociproject@gmail.com with any information on “Jerry O” or the image.

Jerry O AC Post 134 June 11 2010

#PARIS FORCED #DIEGOVOCI TO REGISTER TO SAVE HELGA’S HEALTH

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.

Address on Paris Resident Permit 1960

ARTIST DIEGO VOCI’S 95th BIRTHDAY

Diegos Birthplace Via Regina Elena, 85 Gasperina (CZ) Italy

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”.

Innocenzo Portion of Birth Certificate

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.

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AC DV History #74 5/5/2012

THE #DIEGO NAME #MYSTERY

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).

Diego (Toto) Reincarnated NEW YORKER CARTOON 22 JAN 2015

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”.

Alt and Jung ZURICH News Ad 600 dpi

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

AC DV History 12/21/15 #208

THE CASE OF THE PHANTOM? #VOCI BROTHER

Can anyone out there read #Italian?  Help us!  As DiegoVoci™ #historians we are seeking the truth.

The issue is:

Did, or did not, the deceased father of artist DiegoVoci™, Giuseppe Antonio Voci  have a brother?

In the little town of Gasperina, Province of #Catanzaro, #Italy, the birthplace of DiegoVoci™ resides an elderly gentleman in his nineties who claims he was the best friend of Diego’s father Giuseppe Antonio Voci and he insists did NOT have a brother!

But, what appears to be the images of the official birth records going back 192 years to 1823 from the town’s Registrar of Vital Statistics (“Ufficio dello Stato Civile”) in #Gasperina seem to indicate there was a brother named Saverio.  Two sons appear to be born to the same mother and father Vincenzo Voci (1847) and Elisabetta (neé Procopia).  One of the sons born 1877 was Giuseppe Antonio (Diego’s dad). The other son, Saverio Voci, was born 3 years earlier to the same mother and father.  Therefore the official papers appear that Diego’s father Giuseppe Antonio did have an older brother named Saverio.

Help us with the Italian on the Birth Certificates.  Is the #Gasperina Registrar’s office in error?  Or is the elderly gentleman mistaken?  They can’t both be correct.  It would be highly unlikely there were two sets of Vincenzo and Elizabetta in the same time period?

Here is the evidence from the “Ufficio dello Stato Civile” Comune di Gasperina :

  1. Giuseppe Antonio Voci was born 1877 to Vincenzo Voci and his wife Elisabetta (neé Procopia). 01.26.2015 Giuseppe Antonio Voci Birth Certificates for Website with Marks
  2. 3 years earlier a Saverio Voci was born 1874 to the same parents as Giuseppe Antonio01.26.2015 Saverio Voci Birth Certificate for Website with Marks - Copy

1a. Here is the 1877 signature of the Gasperina official on the birth certificate of Giuseppe Antonio.01.26.2015 Official Lugi signature from Giuseppe Antonio Voci Birth Certificate

1b.  Here is the 1874 signature of the same official on the birth certificate for Saverio, with the same parents for both.  01.26.2015 Official Lugi signature from Saverio Voci Birth Certificate

The questions being asked by members of the Diego side of the Voci family are:  Why haven’t we ever heard there was such a brother? And, if he did exist, what happened to him? Is the Saverio birth certificate suspect?

What do you think?

Write us at diegovociproject@gmail.com

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