“. . . many #painters, #sculptors and #printmakers tried some form of #self-portraiture. “Portait of a Man in Turban” by Jan van Eyck of 1433 may well be the earliest known #self-portrait…*”
Here are a few slightly more #contemporary #selfies. Guess “Who’s Who?”
For the answers, turn this upside-down:
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DiegoVoci™ was known for his palette covered in paint – and very often for his other #palette of savoring great Italian #cuisine.
“We all went to this restaurant “La Gondola” many years ago with Uncle Diego” recalls Mario Voci, his nephew who lives in England with his wife Dagmar. For years the two made an annual trip to Rome, where Mario’s sister Lina still lives today. Her son Francesco Caruso just had Lina’s 1st grandson: Niccolo.
Mario’s wife Dagmar recently came across the Order Ticket” also used as a Receipt (#Rechnung) seen below. The 1,000 Deutsche Mark faux Image is on the back of the ticket! Diego created the owner, Cesare Gianni of “La Gondola” in caricature ( 1 #DM was 4 to $1 at the time):
“The laurel wreath on the subject is due to the fact that #Trier was once Roman and also the capital of the North-West Roman empire*. I hope you find it interesting,” shares Mario who was very close to his Uncle Diego and still visits Helga Voci in #Taunusstein near #Wiesbaden every year. Here are Helga and Diego in the late ’60s:
“On the drive thru Germany to visit Uncle Diego and Aunt Helga we always tried to stop in #Trier, for a palatable and delicious Italian meal. The ‘La Gondola’ restaurant was a favorite – not just for my wife and I – but Uncle Diego and Helga would even meet us there.” Diego knew Cesare Gianni like he did many other Italian restaurant ‘owners’ (‘Inh.’ = Inhaber) he did Ciccio and Francesco Daneluzzi (and, Gigi Bellati of La Gondola in Ramstein, more to come…)
See Dining With Diego Parts 1, 2, and 3: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/dining-with-diego-in-germany/
Today, a local hospital “#Krankenhaus” covers the entire area where “La Gondola”stood. Like many of the day, . . . gone.
Where and when did you meet DiegoVoci™ at a #restaurant?
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*Trier is noted for its Roman history, to include the #Porta Nigra (Black Gate) which still stands today, as well as the #aquaducts and “Imperial Baths”the #Romans built during their reign in #Trier on the #Mosel River. Google “Trier, Germany”
“Arrivederci” as it reads at the bottom of the ticket . . .
Forio, #Ischia, a small island near #Naples, was a hot spot for artists, writers, #poets, actors, #screenwriters – it was described in the 60’s as the “#Montparnasse” of Italy. Hanging out at the “#Bar Maria,” Foria attracted names like Truman #Capote, Richard #Burton and #Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline #Kennedy – and even artist #Diego Voci.
Diego #Voci (1920-1985) became friends with James #Dobrodzek (1914-1994) an artist who traveled extensively promoting his art as a painter. James had become friends with Hilde and Franz Ober, parents of Stefan Ober who lives in Kaiserslautern, Germany. At a 50th Birthday party, James invited Diego to join in the celebration of the Ober family. At the “Ristorante da Lino” in #Kaiserslautern, Stefan saw this lithograph, “fell in love with it” and bought it for himself! It graces the wall in Stefan and Sabine’s home:
Shown here in 1983 are James Dobrodzek and Diego at the Ober’s 50th Birthday Party held at Bella Casa (now a Spanish #Tapas Bar “Tamarillo” which Diego would also have loved to frequent! Diego was often mistaken for a #Spaniard):
Several times over the next years, Diego joined his new friends on the island of Ischia. #Forio, the town as mentioned was quite a get-away for #celebrities, #artists, and #intellectuals – and Diego reveled in the presence of celebrities.
Stefan #Ober and his wife Sabine, of the “New Generation” of Diego Collectors own the DIEGO lithograph above his parents purchased many years earlier in Germany. Stefan owns “#Ober and Ober” an Interior Design and Planning company, in #K-town, #Germany.
Coincidentally, his #German school friend Francesco #Daneluzzi, owner of “#Firenze” has the same exact Diego lithograph. You too can purchase “Composition Africane” and more art from Diego’s widow Helga in Germany at our website Diego Voci Project: http://www.diegovociproject.com/#!product/prd4/3917776511/title%3A-composition-africane
We also featured “Composition Africane” in April on #Twitter and #Facebook: https://twitter.com/DiegoVoci/status/583501224185503744
More on Ischia: http://www.ischia-reiseinformationen.de/gemeinde-forio.htm
AC DV History #205 8/28/2015
Diego felt his creativity was confined in portraits. #DiegoVoci deeply resisted the restriction. What about caricatures? Diego said,“They are fun. I can be creative.”
In 1976 Frank Freeman somehow convinced Diego to do portraits of his two sons John and Mitch. Frank and his wife had met – and seen Diego several times while living in #Wiesbaden, Germany. They had even bought a “Landscape” from Diego in Schwetzingen (#Heidelberg area in 1974). See the Freeman’s and other #landscapes on our Pinterest “Landscape” board: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/landscape-gallery/
One day Frank visited “Galerie #Dahms” in Wiesbaden’s fancy Wilhelmsstrasse shopping district and saw a portrait of a young girl. Frank named her “Principessa” as it was unknown who she really was. Diego had used “pastel and felt-tip on posterboard” to capture the young girl. “It was a commission, that was refused by the ‘buyer’ stating ‘It doesn’t look like my daughter’!”
Having not forgotten the exquisite portrait, for Frank it was “the inspiration for asking Diego to do my boys – over his protestations!” Just months before Frank and his family were due to return to the United States he commissioned Diego do portraits of his sons, John and Mitch, then 9 and 5 ½.
John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego
“On a Sunday afternoon in mid-July 1976, I took the boys to his Wiesbaden home (Taunusstein), where Diego spent about 15-20 minutes capturing each boy’s likeness.” Frank recalls, “when I got home, I began to see the “Principessa’s” father’s viewpoint . . . the portraits weren’t really as the boys looked.” But “3 years later, comparing the boys to their portraits, they were EXACT likenesses!!! Diego had envisioned the boys as they would look a few years later. THEY matched what he had drawn!! Prescient!!”
A few days before leaving Germany Frank recalls to his surprise, “I got a call from Siegfried DAHMS, owner of the gallery, who informed me that DIEGO had instructed that I be given the portrait of “Principessa” in appreciation for our patronage.” Frank owns it.
To this day, it is a mystery as to who the young girl may be. Frank hopes that someone out there may see this post! Do you know who she is?
Another rare portrait done in charcoal and pastels by #Diego of Mike Kennedy’s mother in the early 60’s can be seen: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/mothers-portrait-by-diego-and-new-generation/
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DIEGO FOR SALE in MANNHEIM, GERMANY:
* NOTE THAT THE EXCHANGE RATE IS GREAT JUST NOW *
If you’re in #EUROPE and want to pick up a DIEGO, here is one for sale online: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/35739568_antonio- diego-voci-gasperinaitalien-1920-1985
Please feel free to contact HELGA VOCI via Email at: email@example.com or Phone her at: 06128-72426 calling within Germany (US to Germany – 011-49-6128-72426). Call her for a visit, or to view DIEGOs.
Online, you can view her DIEGO VOCI ESTATE at www.diegovociproject.com under “Acquire” – Graphics or Originals.Order before you go. And, enjoy stories about DIEGO!
In the USA, you’ll see “YOUNG BOY WITH HAT” oil on wood, in oval frame.
NOW, only $400 here in the USA on e-bay.
For more details click on: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page16.html#465
One of our #DIEGO Collectors is moving on the East Coast. The Fisherman below must go: “Pescatore“, Oil #Painting. 20″ x 24” is now for sale. Starting Bid is only $577: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page16.html#465
John and Cindy Silvers were stationed at #Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany from 1965 to 1968. In October of 1966 the Silvers’ acquired two DIEGO’s they presently still own: “Supper” and “Girl with Pitcher.” Joy Gibson-Naffouj in Landstuhl, #Germany represented DIEGO at that time. Shown here is “Supper” (60×80 cm):
“Supper” (in German “#Abendessen”). The hot main meal of the day in Germany is usually eaten at lunchtime. In the early evening as the last meal of the day one dines on bread with cold cuts and cheese. Wine or hot tea often accompany this typical dinner or “Supper”. In Diego’s rendition of the old man having ‘supper’ one observes the flame indicating it is evening, using the knife to perhaps cut some cheese or meat as his next bite, and a bread roll or “Brötchen” lies next to the plate. The glass of wine and the bottle are part of this old man’s meal. A very typical ‘supper’ in Germany in the day.
John adds, “The frames were made to look old and I don’t know who did that, but we like them. We wouldn’t sell the “Supper,” that will go to our youngest daughter Marni, who did a pencil drawing of it, which was quite good, so she loves the picture.”
An unfortunate health issue put Cindy in the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany – not far from where John worked at Ramstein AFB. She had a stroke at the young age of 29. John explained that Cindy was left with “whole right side paralyzed and she couldn’t speak, caused by aphasia. Her right leg came back about 85%; but above the waist, nothing. She was finally able to speak in speech therapy when she sneezed and the therapist quickly said, “What did you say, Cindy?” She said, “I love you John.” She is quite a fighter and never felt sorry for herself. Cindy raised their four children: John, Lori, Marni and Kevin to adulthood and was an antique dealer in an antique mall.” John retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1972 and then again in 1999 from the Insurance business. business. Cindy and John now reside in Colorado.
John added in a later e-mail to us here at the Diego Voci Project, “Actually, I just recalled that we purchased three paintings. The other was of a Arab man with very dark eyes. The man was just shown as a head and shoulder image. The size of the canvas would be the same and the frame also the same as the two pictured above. When we returned from Germany, a Doctor saw the painting and wanted to have it for his office, so we sold it to him. That’s all I can recall about the third painting.”
Tell us your story. When and where did you purchase your DIEGO? Did you meet Diego? What did he say in his words? What did he do? Tell us your stories! Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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AC P of W #262 3/25/2015
Helga #Voci, widow to Diego Voci, has a shoebox with old photos of paintings done by Diego but many do not have names of owners on them… so the whereabouts are unknown.
This is one of the images of a Diego #cubistic painting that came from Helga’s shoebox… size and title are unknown:
Notice the rider appears to be strumming a base fiddle that forms into the rider’s left leg as he straddles his flying horse. And if you look at the eye of the bull, he’s thinking “What the heck is going on here?” This story-filled #painting leaves you with many interpretations. Most important is to find its owner and its trail of history.
HELP FIND THIS LOST DIEGO PAINTING!
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You can also see more masterpieces by DIEGO VOCI online in the 1st Book “The Beauty of Diego” at: http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego
AC P of W #261 3/18/2015
In October 1973, Dr. Ogden (Ted) Brown had DIEGO as their guest, sponsoring a stellar one-man exhibition for him at the #Broadmoor Resort, #Boulder, #Colorado.
Marsha Largent, who then became Diego’s U.S. Representative, was the source of these 3 pricelists for Diego Voci #artworks:
The first (Top Left) appears to be the prices that Diego expected from the sale of each work – prepared by Helga Voci.
The second (Top Right) appears to be the retail asking price at the #Broadmoor show.
21 years later, the third (list) compiled in 1994 appears to be appraisals in Helga Voci’s hand, perhaps for determining insurance values.
To see #Diego with Ted and Alyce Brown in #Colorado Springs:
To see Marsha Largent on the couch under her favorite Diego “Nude in Yellow” :
This same post #445 on AC – ADV also announces the $20,000 Reward for Return of “Nude in Yellow.”
To see “Le Amazzoni” which on the list above in 1973 was sold for $3,000, in 1994 was appraised at $5,000:
An additional 20 years later (2015), view the current #wholesale pricing on the DIEGO VOCI ESTATE, available through Helga Voci: http://www.diegovociproject.com/#!acquire-originals/c1d4p
Contact us with #DIEGO questions and or comments you have: email@example.com
AC DV History #192 1/21/2015
Although the #Diego_Voci_Project has enjoyed for 2 years the bountiful fruit of this strong tall tree, I would not learn until 2014 that it was me who planted the seed 40 years ago in the 1974 “Guide to TV”! The “tree” is Stephen Max who gives credit to “Guide to TV” for leading him to Diego. What a wonderful surprise!
If I had not helped Helga Voci pro-bono in #1974 reach a larger audience for her artist husband Diego, all of the following may never have happened:
Stephen Max in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been and is invaluable to enriching the Diego Voci Legacy.
Neither Max nor I would learn until 2014 that the article I co-wrote 40 years earlier with my friend Andy Anderson, the publisher of “Guide to TV”, led Max to seek out Diego. How nice to have my 1974 pro-bono efforts for Diego validated, even if it took 40 years to know. The strange thing is a couple of years ago I recruited Stephen Max to work as a volunteer with the Diego Voci Project, with neither of us knowing at the time all of the above Also see: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page7.html#193
Google “Diego Voci” and see all that was not on the internet 4 ½ years ago before the #Diego Voci Project began. And, while you are on Google with Diego_Voci be sure and click “Images”. We don’t select the images Google does. But those many dozens Diego artworks also were not on the internet 4 ½ years ago, a testimony to the work of the Diego Voci Project. Bing has also selected many Diego images.
You will find the Diego information we collectively produced published on Wikipedia, Pinterest, ArtifactCollectors, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+. Send us your Diego Experiences: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Stephen Max, Coop Cooprider