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.
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?”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Diego Collector; Norm Hershfield shares his own personal experience with how he collected Diego artworks;
“I never really met Diego. I fell in love with his (Diego) paintings, when I saw them at Dino’s Restaurent (a favorite restaurant of Diego Voci’s Art Historian, Coop Cooprider) and the Ramsteiner Hof. I also frequented Herr Dahm’s Gallery in Wiesbaden for many years. I bought mine (Diego paintings) from the agent (Christine Khan) who sold them at the Ramstein Officer’s Club and at some of the bazaars.”
What Christmas meant to Helga Voci. This says more about Helga than we have ever
“In my family Christmas was always a very traditional , also
sentimental and familiar festivity with a lot of food preparation and each year
it had to be the same dinner, as fish soup, carp with homemade potato salad and
different other salads, big dessert. I remember my mother was cooking for 2
days and some weeks before Christmas she started with special Christmas cookies
and Christmas cakes and nobody was allowed before Christmas to try them. We
always spent the Christmas days with the whole family in Bavaria, it was cold
and all covered with snow and at midnight we used to go to church, it was a
small and cosy village church and it was very nice.
When I first knew Diego in Paris he was not a big fan of
Christmas, I think he had been too long away from his family, mostly
vagabonding through the world, then he became acquainted with Josiane, his
first wife. She was from Genevra, her father had a cottage somewhere in
the mountains and they went there in wintertime, skiing and probably also for
the Christmas festivities.
The first year with Diego in Paris we decided to go and live in
London, just before Christmas I left Paris and went to Germany to spend the
Christmas days with my family, Diego, instead, left for London. At that time he
did not yet know my family and he wanted to meet them another time. We stayed
about 10 months in London and as it was raining a lot he wanted to leave and
drive towards the south, as far as possible. So we landed in Almuniecar, a
small village in South Spain, rented an apartment and stayed for about 6
months there, it was beautiful and warm but no Christmas atmosphere, I wanted a
Christmas tree, and as there were no such trees growing there we went to
Madrid(about 500 km or more) and bought a nice Christmas tree, packed it on the
car and transported it to the South. Then later on we mostly spent the
Christmas days in Bavaria with my parents and my sister and her family and my
grandmother and Diego also liked it, he liked to be in the family and he liked
Later on , when Alessandra was born and Lakshmi, our Indian housemaid stayed with us and we lived in Taunusstein, my parents also used to come to our house for Christmas, always with the same tradition. One year we had a very big Christmas party in our house (see image below), together with Christine and her family, Keyvan and Liliane Dussard with her children, my parents and Lakshmi, there is a foto we made at that time, it was a very beautiful party.
And then in 1985, a few weeks before Christmas Diego died, within
6 weeks and this year was my and my daughter`s most awful Christmas.!”