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?
Today, is the first day of KWANZAA, a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions. Antonio #DIEGO Voci was fascinated with all cultures. #Traveling he embraced traditions of many nations. Shown here is an African Mother and Child resembling Diego’s Madonna and Child genre which we posted just 6 of last week.
“Young Mother With Child” 80cm x 40cm ,Oil on Canvas, #1061-569. Sold December 1976 by “La #Gondola” risttorante in Germany where DIEGO loved to dine!
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States, as well as other countries with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors #African culture in not only the #African-American community but also in the World African community.
This cultural festival from the 26th of December to the 1st of January that climaxes in feasts and gift giving, was initially established to unite African-Americans with their African roots and heritage. Kwanzaa is celebrated by lighting a candle daily, beginning today, 26 December 2017, through January 1, 2018 when it ends. #Happy Kwanzaa all!
For more on Diego’s travels see our “Antonio Diego Voci” – History Thread on Artifact Collectors, where the Diego Voci Project has posted numerous stories shared with us by Diego #Collectors”. Here is one you’ll get a kick out of Helga Voci’s story about Diego the “perfect Indian“: https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page4.html
Below is the “Madonna and Child” rendered by Diego in 1957 for his brother Tony. Diego created a few other great oil paintings to add to Tony and Lois Voci’s Private #Collection for him to adorn the walls of their home in Pennsylvania.
“Madonna and Child” (1957 signed “D.Voci“) Oil on Board by Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985)
1957 was a very full year, just like very other year was during Diego’s lifetime (1920-1985). Diego Voci invited his nephew Tony Voci to travel Europe with him while Tony was stationed in the Armed Services. Here is an excerpt of a great memory:
Tony Voci recalls driving with his artist Uncle and about every hour they would stop at a café for a smoke and espresso. To the surprise of Tony, Diego was greeted as “Diego” everywhere. “Diego” was his own #celebrity. Diego loved people!