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.
Diego and Del Mar never met each other. Not really. But the hat would qualify for opening day at Del Mar Racetrack. Diego rarely used a model, relying on memory. This painting by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) was purchased in Heidelberg, Germany on June 10, 1979 by Milan H. Krofh.
Where is Milan Krofh now? Where is this Diego painting today? We are searching the world to find and catalog all of some 4,000 oil paintings by Diego (Some are signed VOCI in his early years).
See More: “The Beauty of Diego” in a 140- page prestige coffee table book you can purchase. Link: http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego
“CLOWN VOR DEM ZIRKUSZELT” – Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) was a playful character. Diego, as he was best known, liked being at the center of the happenings! Described as “charismatic”, “worldly”, a “man’s man”, “empathetic” and “boisterous” in nature. Diego did have a great sense of humor. No wonder Diego could whip out clowns with ease and fun!
Over the last 10 years the Diego Voci Project has been privy to many of Diego’s clown faces sent by many of you. Most we’ve seen and shared on social media are of the chest/neck upward always with great detail in the eyes and face. This particular clown includes a circus tent that is highlighted in the background and on the left some bright colored squares with hues of the sun fading into the sky.
Before Tom Catron won it at auction in South Dakota, Beverly Cowan had purchased Diego’s clown in Germany. Beverly was a teacher to 6th grade students for 5 years, she must have had a sense of humor to teach young kids in the 70’s!
Beverly’s clown does not exactly smile, but then again we’ve seen very few with smiles. Most DIEGO clowns have a neutral expression or even somber faces. Here a white cap is balanced with the broad wide collar, also emphasizing his make-up. The grand greenish bow tie with thin vertical red stripes is centered and bold. And, the eyes follow you once more, . . . now, see more DIEGO clowns: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/clowns-diegovocitm/
A line in Don McClean’s haunting song about Vincent #VanGogh is “Weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand”. The “weathered faces” of people being deported likewise inspired Diego’s hand with brush to canvas.
Diego Voci; “Les Deportes” #361-464 80x60cm oil on canvas
This painting “Les Deportes” was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Kantor in 1976. Mr. & Mrs. Kantor found the Diego Voci Project back in 2010 on a thread title Diego Voci History on Artifact Collectors. Here is link to other stories at Artifact Collectors; Diego Voci History and here an image of the Mr. & Mrs. Kantor reaching out to the Diego Voci Project.
Diego Voci; “Heuernte” #1061-590 oil on canvas 30x40cm
What happened to Brice Emery? 42 years ago he purchased this little Diego Voci jewel in Germany. Help the Diego Voci Project find the remaining lost oil paintings. There are a couple thousand more to be found out of a total 4,000. This original collectors remaining on the earth are fewer by the day. But Diego artworks remain.
Diego Voci; Les Deux Clowns #361-465 oil on canvas 60x80cm
When a new potential art collector made the first purchase, often it would be a clown by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985 VOH-chee).
Then the new collector experienced the “Potato Chip Phenomenon”, being unable to stop buying just one Diego Voci painting. They become attracted by a unique magnetism in Diego’s masterly creations totally unconfined by just one genre.
The Diego Voci Project has been on worldwide search since 2009. We have only found about 25% of Diego’s works so far. The image of “Les Deux Clowns” above was taken on October 17, 1976 when purchased in Worms, Germany by proud owner JIM HOLT who contacted the Diego Voci Project to be cataloged in the Diego Voci Archive.
“The #Artist of a Thousand Faces” Antonio Diego #Voci (1920-1985) internationally collected artist is mostly referred to as “Diego”. Although Diego’s versatility covered many #mediums, subject matters and #genres, the focus here in Part Three is in Diego’s mastery and #superior talent with #faces.
#FACES SERIES PART THREE – faded #photos and #polaroids inventoried by Helga
Diego #aficionados know from their own collections that #Diego created what appear to be #portraits of real people who posed – Diego actually did most from memory. Diego’s figurative #art includes the clear precision of the detailed features in faces. See more at #Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/
#Clowns were a sure seller for #Diego and #Helga (Diego’s widow). He thrived into #cultures in Zurich and Paris. Anywhere actually See some of the Clowns we’ve have uncovered. Above one of such clowns was sold to Mr. Beckett on 5 October 1975 in Heidelberg, #Germany. Where is it now?