#MASTER OF THE #SURREAL

002 Composition a La Plage #261-446 Christine Khan 60x50cm

Diego Voci; “COMPOSITION A LA PLAGE” #261-4467 oil on canvas 60x50cm

Christine Khan, (owner of “Composition a La Plage“) shares words on her DIEGO Collection:

“Each piece either been given to me as a gift or a purchase. There is a story behind each one. Each piece is so different & unique. I live with them. They each have a certain place in my home. No reason to sell. DIEGO was intelligent, interesting, engaged in mind discussions, and had a sense of humor. Prior to my representing Diego for 10 years, I had a friendship with Helga & Diego. Diego wanted to paint what he liked.”

“COMPOSITION A LA PLAGE” is an example of a surrealist work of art:
How Surrealism is defined
https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/surrealism/
Explore with the Tate, what is Surrealism in a simple fun way
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/surrealism

Visit more: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/surrealism-diegovocitm/

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IN THE #STUDIO #1980’S

Diego in his Studio dual image

Helga Voci, (widow of DIEGO Voci) shares the behind the scenes in these photos of DIEGO.

“These 2 photos were taken in Diego’s studio in Taunusstein, Germany sometime in the 80’s. This was his easel and the place where he spent most of his time.”

Versatility was Diego’s strength.  Driven to experiment in every genre while remaining distinctly DIEGO.

Click on YouTube Diego Voci to view more behind the scenes of DIEGO!

#PICASSO’S SOUTH: #ANDALUSIA

Picasso Malaga

Installation view. #Museo Picasso Málaga http://www.museopicassomalaga.org/

#Picasso and the South (from article http://artdaily.com/news/108192/Museo-Picasso-M-laga-opens-the-exhibition–Picasso-s-South–Andalusian-References-#.W7y7TvZFyUk)

Picasso’s influence and contribution to the history of #20th-century art is undeniable.  The exhibition uses several premises to support the idea that Picasso never ceased to be interested in the origins and traditions of painting, in much the same way as his migrancy bound him emotionally to his homeland, never shedding his loyalty to his cultural ties: #Málaga, #Andalusia and #Spain were all part of his “southernness”, and not just in artistic terms.

DIEGO Voci, an #artist who also thrived in the “South“;  #Andalusia region and connected deeply with the people.  Helga Voci (widow of DIEGO Voci (VOH-chee) shares in writing from her #memories….“So we decided to go to Spain in October 1961. We took the car and went southward, stopped in several cities and after about 1 month we arrived in the Andalusia region in a very beautiful little fishing village called #Almunecar. This was an artist`s colony, all kind of artists from different countries.
We stayed until January 1962. We had a beautiful and very interesting time with long discussions, Diego also made paintings and drawings but he never kept anything, when the painting was finished he was not interested anymore and made presents to friends. He was very popular among the Spanish people also the higher class and he felt wonderful.” 

Liegender Akt D2811-641 60x80cm Randy Anderson 1986

DIEGO Voci; “Liegender Akt” D2811-641 60x80cm Private Collection

Experience more with Diego;  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Southern_Europe_and_London

“SOMEWHERE #BEYOND THE #SEA”

Gente Al Mare #251-207 Liliane Dussard

Diego Voci; “Gente Al Mare” #251-207 oil on canvas 70x50cm

The #village #women seeing their men off on a fishing excursion, leaves them alone for sometimes weeks until their return. And sometimes a terrible #storm can take the men and the #boat with it.

Diego Voci wanted to get close to really know the #fisherman, what stories their #faces told. You could often find Diego at the #village gathering place overlooking the #ocean, #playingcards with the #fisherman.

Diego played cards with the Fishermen” by Helga Voci https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/artist-diego-voci-was-a-man-of-the-people/

For Lyrics to Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea”, a French melody. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobbydarin/beyondthesea.html

LILIANE DUSSARD #HISTORY WITH DIEGO

Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci shares;
“In the beginning of the seventies we moved to #Bavaria, where my parents lived and where they intended to build a house and Diego was supposed to help them. So, we rented an apartment in the same #village. At the same time Diego did not like doing business with Joy Naffouj anymore; and Liliane Dussard, a #French lady who had been working for Naffouj in her #gallery for a while, wanted to change also.

So, Diego and Liliane decided to work together (around 1972 for several years). Liliane came to our house and she started to take contacts with #Nürnberg Ladies Clubs and Officers’ Clubs and had soon several dates for #exhibits. Now we needed frames, as everything was an #experiment. In the village, we found a #wood joiner and Diego made models of frames, so he started to do a collection of frames in different sizes, then we got these frames and Diego`s atelier became a frame workshop. Diego painted on #canvases and Liliane and me painted and #gold-plated the frames under Diego`s instruction. We were almost working day and night, as everything had to be ready for our first exhibit.

And then we started our first exhibit in the Officers’ Club Fürth near Nürnberg and it was a very big success.”

(This history is a little fuzzy with dates): Liliane Dussard (deceased now) represented Diego beginning in 1972 and times throughout his years until 1985.

Liliane arranged art auctions at Officer’s Club, hosted Gallery exhibits for Diego and shared Holidays with Helga and Diego. (see Art Auction flyer below for 1985 “Dussard Art Studio” in Taunusstein). Artauction (1)

Lilian Dussard moved to the United States in 1973 and opened a gallery with her name: Dussard Art Gallery in Strafford, Virginia.

Retour du Travail #451-260

Diego Voci; “Retour du Travail” #451-260 oil on canvas

We know Liliane’s had this painting by Diego Voci in her own collection: “Retour du Travail” #451-260

#CHALLENGE: #NAME THIS #DIEGO WORK OF #ART

Untitled Cubistic Painting

Diego Voci; untitled cubistic painting

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?”

What is your title for this painting? email us at diegovociproject@gmail.com

 

DIEGO VOCI “ARTIST OF A THOUSAND FACES”

Der Monch #1151-397 oil on canvas 60x70cm

“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.

Click to view “Faces” on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/faces-diegovocitm/

Visit the Monthly Newsletters on Diego Voci Project: https://www.diegovociproject.com/archived-newsletters

 

NOT FOR SALE

Deux Filles au Bleu 50 x 60cm 1968

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

Visit Diego Voci Virtual Museum Tour to see more: https://youtu.be/cnZXQuUbjlU

#DIEGO VOCI: #TRIO OF 70’S #PAINTINGS

Scene Africaine Stillife with Chianti Bottle Retour du Travail

These faded Polaroid images are from Helga Voci, widow of internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985). The owners left to right, Major Green, Mr. and Mrs. Kellett and Lilliane Dussard. Where are these paintings now and their owners?

Contact us on the Diego Voci Project Website: https://www.diegovociproject.com/ 
View this Video “Artist of Thousand Faces” https://youtu.be/dECP7O3ftUo  

 

THE #BRAIN #CHEMISTRY OF #ARTISTS

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-are-artists-poor-research-suggests-it-could-be-hardwired-1310147 

Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci 1920-1985, speaks of her experience of her late husband. #Diego liked to be “Seen” and “Be Seen” at the finest of places… all money made from his art.
“I must say at that time I had met many artists who were quite poor, they were all seriously working, they mostly had small ateliers, no comfort, happy when they sold a painting, and then invited the others. And when they didn`t sell – just eating bread and black coffee. Nobody had a car, in fact DIEGO was called: “el pintor con coche” (which means- the painter with a car) . So, when I heard DIEGO inviting me in his car I thought: this man is showing off, besides the car he was very well dressed, like a businessman.”