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?”

We would like to hear your stories of Diego Voci; email us at diegovociproject@gmail.com

#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.

Click here to purchase: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193258635350?ul_noapp=true

“I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS (DIEGO’S) PAINTINGS!”

Diego Voci; Red Boat oil on canvas

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.”

Read more about Diego and his connection with displays at Restaurants in Germany. https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/dining-with-diego-in-germany/

WIDOW OF ARTIST DIEGO VOCI, A MUST READ BY HELGA!

What Christmas meant to Helga Voci.  This says more about Helga than we have ever known. 

From Helga;

“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 our tradition.

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.!”