This painting L’Arlequin Triste by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) was wrapped in packaging for 40 years (owned by the original owner of Talbert’s Kleine Galeria in Tacoma, WA.).
Days ago… this painting L’Arlequin Triste arrived to its new owner, packing material removed and looks as if DIEGO had just finished painting this piece.
From the archives of Helga Voci, she shares her words her travels with Diego during the 1980’s to the United States. “On that trip in 1980 we went to N.Y. and Philadelphia where Diego has family still today. We also went to Tacoma, Washington, where Diego had an exhibit in a gallery called – Talbert`s Kleine Galerie in Gig Harbor, WA. Then on to San Francisco, New Orleans, Albuquerque. And again we drove to Colorado Springs. Along the way, we visited with many American friends we had met in Germany. At several places, we had private shows. We both liked the United States very much.”https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page2.html#44298
To view additional paintings by Diego Voci in a similar style:
What Christmas meant to Helga Voci. This says more about Helga than we have ever
“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
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.!”
Amazingly this painting by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) appeared this year for sale online for $150. Basquiat aficionados at first sight declared it to be a Basquiat, if so he (Basquiat) would have only been 6 years old. See the (above & below) similar impromptu strokes of the brush bringing unrelated shapes and lines together in a strangely beautiful work of art.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) artworks are in demand by the big time art collectors worldwide, selling in the millions of dollars to acquire. Once a lover of #AndyWarhol, Museums covet Basquiat / Warhol collaborative works.
NOTE: Coop Cooprider, Diego Voci Historian, has certified the work shown here as authentic Diego, circa 1966 that’s when Diego left the prestigious Schlossgalerie in Zurich, and moved to Germany, home of his lover and wife to be Helga Drossler. Helga Voci, Diego’s widow still living in Germany confirmed “Yes”, it’s a Diego. He was always experimenting.” There he affiliated with 2 galleries, Naffouj Gallery in Landstuhl and Galerie Dahms in Wiesbaden. The Diego work shown here is one of the very first with the “Diego” signature. Joy Naffouj convinced Diego that since “he” is known by Diego, sign the work “Diego”. Before the “Diego” signature, he signed some form of Voci(https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#43343).
A Diego Voci drawing (D-5822041) in Acrylic and Pastel on board purchased in 1982-83 Ramstein Air Force base in #Germany.
Wiesbaden Germany is a city of culture and beauty. Tourists from all corners can be found walking and shopping on the famous Wilhemsstrasse. It is there that Siegfried Dahms displayed magnificent works by DIEGO in his luxurious gallery space.
Here are two pages from a 1979 catalog designed by Adolph Merkt, Taunusstein (the town where DIEGO’s widow Helga continues to live in the home where she and DIEGO lived and worked). The words are those of Herr Dahms.
“DIEGO creates works of art which are full of expression and timeless beauty, which deeply impress and fascinate people with its exceptional appeal, and instill the desire to possess.
DIEGO is one of the few artistic personalities whose paintings really appeal to people. They understand, they get excited about, and they really enjoy living with DIEGO’s art. The beauty of his paintings and the desire of possession are often so immense that people gradually acquire more and more of his work. DIEGO buyers soon become DIEGO collectors.”
Diego Voci; Paintings (unknown Collectors or Titles to works)
These images come from a #box of #photos that Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci, sent to us from #Germany.
One by one, members of (The Diego Voci Project) post these images on #social #media with the hope to locate the whereabouts of these #lost paintings. With a #vacuum of no information from 1985-2007, all 4000 #oil #paintings by Diego Voci were out in the world somewhere.
Collectors who purchased from Diego before he passed away (in 1985) were enamored by the #magnetism of Diego and his works.
Gene Pizzo emailed The Diego Voci Project to shares with us:
“I met Diego Voci in Bitburg AB in the early ’70s where I appreciated his work but could not afford to buy them. In the late ’70s & early ’80s, at Spangdahlem AB, I was in a position to buy. I have 11 Diego works of art, mostly oils, and treasure them. Unfortunately, we have downsized and no longer have the wall space to admire them all!
I have been to Diego’s atelier twice, by invitation, and was delighted to observe the artist at work and to chat with him and his lovely wife, Helga.
I have been living in Tampa, Florida, since July, 1982.
It’s hard to pick favorites in my collection, but always felt that “I Due Mondi” stood out above the rest (maybe because it was so different??). (selfie attached)
I promise to photograph them, as requested, and send you a link. That will be my next project!”
An “excerpt” from the DIEGO VOCI NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER that Stephen Max (one of the DVP’s volunteers) creates for all of Diego Voci’s collectors as a way to stay connected to the Legacy of Diego Voci.