“THE FIRST IDEA… THE FIRST FEW LINES DECIDE THE WHOLE WORK” – DIEGO

DIEGO’s studio in Schwetzingen

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DIEGO’S MUSE; HELGA VOCI

Chapter One: Who is Helga Voci?

I was born in Prag, Czechoslovakia in 1939, just before the war started. My parents were Germans, at that time many Germans had been living in Czechoslovakia for generations. When the war started my father had to join the army and he was killed in 1941 in Russia, my maiden name was Drössler. In 1945 all Germans had to leave Czechoslovakia (because Hitler had lost the war) and we were brought to Germany, my family to Bavaria.

Diego Voci; “Praq / Tschechien” oil on wood; 80x56cm painted in honor of Helga’s heritage

NEXT: Helga meets DIEGO in Paris

WHERE IS THE MERMAID?

#DIEGO VOCI: MASTER OF #SURREALISM

Diego Voci; Le Sirene #14925 60x80cm ca. 1974

Le Sirene” (English translation means “The Mermaid”) painted in 1974 by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) was sold to Captain Brown of Ramstein, Germany. 

Could that be any relation to Dr. Odgen Brown who represented Diego in USA starting 1973 and gave his first big exhibition at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Exhibitions_in_the_US

WHERE IS THIS PAINTING NOW AND WHO OWNS IT? Contact us at DVP diegovociproject@gmail.com.

#ARTIST & #COLLECTOR “EMPATHY FOR FACES”

Diego Voci; “Three Faces” oil on canvas

The Diego Voci Project Team received a letter from Diego Collector; Dan Wilking with one of his internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-1985) works of art titled “Three Faces“. Here are the words from Dan to Coop Cooprider; Diego Voci Art Historian

“During the period 1970-1973, I was stationed at the 10th Med Lab in Landstuhl (Germany). We purchased several paintings at the Naffouj Gallery in Landstuhl. Yes, Joy Naffouj introduced me to Diego. He was dark of complexion, had shoulder length hair, and wore a neat leather jacket. We exchanged greetings and that was that. The empathy on the faces of the pictured men drew me to it. The Berlin Wall and Russian episode of that time perhaps were an influence. – Dan Wilking”

Stephen Max, Creative Genius with Diego Voci Project Team is working the latest publication titled “Diego, Artist of a Thousand Faces“. Due out August 10, 2020 the 100th year celebration of Diego’s birth.

WE ARE HEARING FROM DIEGO #COLLECTORS #WORLDWIDE

Diego Voci “La Fille du Port” oil on canvas #647-037 70x80cm ca.1980

Tom Frinta (Diego Voci Collector) shares “Oh, it’s some years ago, I think it was 1973. American friends invited me to see his paintings at his home in Taunusstein. Since he was baptized on the same name as I “Antonio di Padova” I called him Antonio. His daughter Alessandra was always the publicity attraction – maybe she was about 10 at the time. I used up my savings to buy several paintings from him over the years and of course they are still with me every day. Did you ever meet him in Germany?”

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#ESCAPE FROM #REALITY

There is a great beauty to be found in Diego’s subjects.

Words by Stephen Max; “Diego’s artwork reminds us of the simple human love of a mother for a child, of the nurturing gaze of all mothers, and the comfort they bring. We see the best of ourselves in them. His impossibly gorgeous execution of  Suonatrice di Linto was completed while living in Schwetzingen Germany in 1975  and his focus was upon the beauty of the human spirit.
Diego painted with immense beauty and grace, executing his work with painstaking care and attention to detail. Each of his brushstrokes was an act of love, and little by little, something breathtakingly beautiful came into formation. Overall a sense of comfort and peace soothe the onlooker liberating the stress embodied in everyday life. The beauty and tenderness of her face, that portrait of love and softness, encompasses every detail of this masterpiece.
In February 1975 we were entertained by Helga and Diego in their Schwetzingen home (near Heidelberg Germany).  After enjoying an exceptional wine, reacquainting ourselves with Helga, and meeting Diego for the first time, we observed this unfinished painting on an easel in his studio. The exceptional beauty and serenity of the painting could be easily visualized in its finished state and we simply had to have it. Following a good natured and animated dialogue, Diego agreed to complete the painting exclusively for us. We re-visited two weeks later for the purchase of this masterpiece and have enjoyed Suonatrice di Linto placed in a prominent location in our home ever since.”
The completed Masterpiece.
© 2017, Antonio DIEGO™ Voci,Suonatrice di linto. Oil on Canvas (gold leaf) Original Oil Painting 251-199 1975 80 CM X 40 CM Wendy and Stephen Max. Used with Permission The Diego™ Voci Estate.

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WHERE IS IT NOW? WHO OWNS IT NOW?

DIEGO VOCI: “Streetscene in Paris” #1241-178 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Last known information was purchased in 1974 by Ralph Bruns in Frankfurt, Germany. Any information on the whereabouts of this painting or owner would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us at diegovociproject@mail.com

TWO #CHRIST PORTRAITS BY DIEGO VOCI

Diego Voci; Christo 19 1/2″ x 15 3/4″ #113896 Oil on Fiberboard

the first (above) an oil painting from the collection of Coop Cooprider, Diego Voci Historian. The second (below), a wonderful pastel, is from the collections of Christine Khan, Diego’s German agent for Germany from 1972 until after his death in 1985. Easter was a reverent occasion for Voci family in Gasperina, Italy. https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page18.html#121380

Diego Voci; Face of Christus # 261-448 15 1/3″ x 11 1/4″

A HALF MILLION BECOMES A “BLIET” IN HISTORY AND A “BREEN”, TOO

Cartoonists Bliet & Breen nail it, without words or names telling the story of two days in history.

Diego’s widow, Helga Voci, living in Germany remembers that Diego thought of himself as a superior cartoonist. Helga treasures the one Diego did of her Dentist father, https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-histor…/Page2.html… ; one of the few known to exist out of thousands.

THE #STORY BEHIND “DEPORTATION” BY #DIEGO

Diego Voci; Deportation #511 oil on canvas ca. early 1970’s

Carole Aaron parent’s originally purchased “Deportation” by internationally collected art Antonio Diego Voci on a Sunday in Patrick Henry Village near Heidelberg, Germany in the early 1970’s.  Carole recalls Diego as a charismatic, passionate and very proud of his work.  Carole’s parents felt this work was so dramatic.  It hung in her parents den for over 40 years before it was consigned. Purchased by a new owner. Now the opportunity to have this profound work of art is available on EBAY for sale.

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