Helga Voci, widow of internationally collected artist, Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) found this untitled photo in Germany and sent it to us, the Diego Voci Project in San Diego. We have nothing of the history for this excellent cubistic work so we thought we’d have some fun giving a title to it.
The first one given is: “What Happened to My Second Breast?”
In 1977 Renate #Naviglio met Diego at the La Gondola Restaurant (*) in Ramstein, #Germany. So many clowns! Each one with a distinctive personality!
Diego Voci: “Clown Devant La Fenetre” oval #571-687, oil on canvas
Renate displayed it proudly at her home in Böhlstrasse 30, 673 Neustadt on the #Weinstrasse in #Deutschland. Renate paid 950 DM ( Deutsche Mark) for this clown and his friend the “Clown in front of the window“).
Diego Voci; Italian Poster was for Theater in #Italy (shared by Mario Voci, Diego’s Nephew)
It would be extremely rare to find a signed #caricature by internationally collected artist Antonio “Diego” Voci, even though, he did thousands. And if he did sign, it would be some form of Voci through 1965.
Caricatures were a source of Diego’s quick money in his early years. Diego was known to complete 20 drawings in one sitting of only a couple of hours. Helga Voci, (Diego’s widow) was his constant companion for 25 years (1960 until his death in 1985).
Helga notes Diego’s caricature experience in her biography “Sometime later I found out that DIEGO was doing caricatures in American Officers Clubs in #France, #Germany and later on also in #London and #Spain. He did wonderful caricatures, it took him only a few minutes to do each one and people were crazy about them, they stood in line waiting for their turn. He made a lot of money with this”https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page2.html#43754
“Der Mönch”, by Antonio DIEGO Voci, 70 x 60 cm, Oil on Canvas, #1151-397
Larry Martel in #Heidelberg, Germany bought “Der Mönch” on Thanksgiving Day. The monks seems to be saying to the artist, “Who is the guy, Diego? Are you sure I can trust him?”Diego’s wife Helga captured this Diego memory on canvas with her polaroid camera in 1975, since faded.
“This clown painted by the internationally collected artist Antonio “Diego” Voci, (1920-1985) was stolen in Otterbach, Germany in the early 1980’s from what was then my office.” https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc
“The Clown” (medium size painting) was for me the icon representing the depth of Diego the man. Study this painting. Feel the pathos. You’ll begin to know the magnetism to which certain addicted collectors such as me succumb.”
“As the authorized Diego Voci Historian (volunteer) for the Diego Voci Estate, (solely owned by his widow, Helga Voci), we are looking forward to the day a generous benefactor sponsors a Major #Museum Diego Voci Exhibition.”
On this day, August 10, we celebrate the 98th birthday of internationally collected artist Antonio “Diego” Voci (1920-1985).
I am Coop Cooprider, Diego Voci Historian. I first met Diego in late 1966. Patti and I bought our first Diego oil painting on layaway, our first of many. We were and remain addicted https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page7.html#98597. In 1973-74, I volunteered for a year to help Diego become better known. One of those efforts was the 3-page biography in the May 1974 issue of the AFNTV Guide by my ghost writer Victoria Williams.
$30,000 REWARD “The Clown” pictured above was stolen about 1980 from what was then my office in Otterbach, Germany. There is a reward of $30,000 for its return. See “The Clown” in color in the video by Stephen Max: https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc
Diego Voci; “Deux Filles au Bleu” 50x60cm oil on canvas ca. 1968
This painting, was listed on The Diego Voci Project website as “Not for Sale”.
Stephen & Wendy Max (volunteers for the Diego Voci Project Team) were immediately attracted to this portrait of two young women-with dark blank eyes, sensuous lips without a smile -conveying a message of noble beauty. Eventually and gratefully we were able to convince Helga to part with her treasured painting.
When Stephen & Wendy Max finally received the painting we asked Helga why “Deux Filles au Bleu” meant so much to her, here is her response:
Dear Stephen and Wendy, I am happy that you like the painting and I know that with you it is in good hands and that you really appreciate it. The story about it is that when we lived in Wiesbaden between 1965 and 1970 we went one time to Prague where we went several times because we both liked the City and we always went through little antique shops, they had many there and we found this beautiful frame and Diego said- I will paint you a beautiful painting for this frame and that was -Deux filles au bleu- and I loved it and carried it where ever we moved. …Helga Voci
It is well known in art history that Amadeo #Modigliani in his lifetime (1884-1920) had only one gallery solo exhibition, which was shut down by the police the first day. According to one source, #Modigliani painted 354 oil paintings before he early death.He died poor.The last sale of a #Modigliani this month (May 2018) sold for $157 million.
#VanGogh painted, by one estimate, 900 oil paintings and never had a gallery solo exhibition and sold only one painting in his self-chosen-short-lifetime (1853-1890).He died poor. The last #VanGogh sold for $81 million at Christie’s in November 2017.In 1990, a #VanGogh went for $130 million.
Internationally collected artist Antonio #Diego Voci was born the year #Modigliani died (1920-1985), #Diego Voci had several one-man exhibitions, painted about 4,000 oil paintings in his lifetime and sold most of them to collectors from all over the world.“The Diego Voci Project” has been searching since 2009 to find them and catalog them for historical purposes.Link: https://www.diegovociproject.com/
Here is the newspaper write-up in Germany about #Diego’s final exhibition.He died of lung cancer 43 days later on August 10, 1985.