ONE #DOG TWO #CATS – DiegoVoci™

Here are two #cats we know of that were painted by Antonio #DiegoVoci™:

Social Media CATS Post 19 FEB 2016

LEFT: Young Girl with Cat (Owner & Location Unknown)                RIGHT: Junges Mӓdchen mit Katze (Albrecht Family, #Germany)

Are you #dogfriendly or #catfriendly? Why choose one or the other. . .?

We know #DiegoVoci™ loved his #dog “LADY”. We also know how Diego loved #Helga his #lady, #lover, #soulmate, and#wife. Helga now has a cat:

Social Media CATS n DOGS Post 19 FEB 2016

LEFT: DiegoVoci™ with “Lady” and Right Helga’s #Cat

Do you own a #DiegoVoci™ artwork? Does it depict a #cat? #chat? #Katze?

                   LET US KNOW:  diegovociproject@gmail.com

Read more about Diego and Helga. She contributed 7 short chapters about their life and his work: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#43747

#SELFIES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR #CENTURIES

“. . . 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?”

Self Portraits Picasso Cezanne Diego Renoir Modiglian and VanGogh for POST 28 JAN 2016

For the answers, turn this upside-down:

Selfies Answer Upside Down 28 JAN 2016

See more of DiegoVoci™ https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

        Want to Buy a Diego? http://www.diegovociproject.com/#!acquire-originals/c1d4p

(*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-portrait)

 

 

 

THE GENERAL #PATTON CONNECTION TO DIEGO VOCI the #ARTIST

Cheveaux Arabs 230 513-69 For Post 3 DEC 2015

Cheveaux Arabs“1969 by Diego, Oil on Canvas 35″ x 22”

The #New Generation of DiegoVoci™ aficionados continues to build as the #DiegoVoci™ Archive received an image of painting by Diego from a half a century ago. What is the connection to General #Patton?

James, who lives in the U.K., is a proud #New Generation owner of “Cheveaux Arabs” (Arabian #Horses), a Diego painted in 1969. James Cockerill reveals its history:

“It was won at the German American Friendship Ball, chaired by George Smith Patton IV, [a Major General in the United States Army and] the son of famous World War II general, George S. Patton. My mother was working in Major General Patton’s office in the very early 70’s. 

At the ball it was the First Prize in a Raffle, which my mother won. It’s been owned by my family ever since. I remember it always hung in the lounge on the wall. We were living in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) which is where I was born.”

The back of the canvas reveals a mystery. Who blacked out the writing and why?  The top one appears to be the signature of “Jawdat” #Naffouj who had an exclusive contract with Diego at that time. It looks like the #painting went back to Diego for some reason – and either Diego or Jawdat was the obliterator. There are others like this. Do you own one?

Back for POST SMALLER 3 DEC 2015

 

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DiegoVoci™ 1967 COMMISSION FOR YOUNG LOVERS IN GERMANY PART I

The DiegoVoci™ Project (DVP™) is pleased to bring you yet another fantastic recollection by Diego Collectors John and Helen Barnhart who got to know DiegoVoci™ quite well.

Mother and Child 1967 Image for Post

“Mother and Child” by DIEGO VOCI, Oil and Sand on Canvas,1968 32″x 24″

“MOTHER AND CHILD” and #WEDDINGS

In March of 1966, when Lt. John Barnhart got off the plane in Wiesbaden, Germany to take on his assignment in Bitburg for the Air Force, it was pouring drown rain. John says, “I thought I was at the end of the world.” That was soon to change. After he was checked in to the Bachelor Officers Quarters, John spotted another Bachelor Officers Quarters with women and asked a fellow officer, “What are all these females doing at an AFB?”  He was told most were teachers and fellow officers. John’s eyes lit up. He saw one of the young ladies not long after – her name was Helen Jamrog, a teacher. About 6 months later the couple married:

Wedding Picture 2 OCT 1966

Helen and John Barnhart, October 17, 1966 Bitburg, Germany

Now, almost 50 years later they are still happily married and are happily enjoying the oil paintings John and Helen commissioned directly from DiegoVoci™ himself.

In November 1967, on a Sunday at an art exhibit at the Bitburg Officers Club hosted by Diego, John went up and introduced Helen and himself. Diego asked, “Would you like something?” The couple put their heads together and replied “Yes, we want a painting of a Mother and Child.” Diego grabbed a pencil and quickly drew a sketch study using Helen’s face and long hair and asked “Like this?” Helen also wanted a large horizontal “Still Life” for which she was very specific, wanting “pears, vases, and our small coffee grinder” they had purchased in Europe. Diego said, “I can do something for you” and sketched a study for the still life right there. All in agreement Diego insisted that the commission would not be “through the club it is only between us.

In February of 1968 Diego sent them a note to come and visit to see the progress on their 2 oil paintings. It was not common for Diego to have the client’s input, but due to the Barnhart’s specific requests, he made an exception. A friendship ensued. It was in the VOCI Wiesbaden home that John and Helen first met Helga. Diego and Helga had just married in January of ’68 (See:  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page2.html#43810.)

Diego, seeing Helen’s small VW they had arrived in was worried that the paintings would not fit. But, on a future visit in March of 1968 to pick up their finished Diego paintings Barnhart’s arrived in a John’s new dark blue Mercedes 250 SE. Size would not be an issue for the transport of their Diegos. Wine and cheese were a tradition when guests visited the Voci home. A comfortable atmosphere for all. Diego soon revealed the paintings in progress to John and Helen.

When Helen noticed that the “Still life” “did not have the pears where she wanted them and. . .  WHOA.

Dear Reader, the “Still Life” story is told in Part II following this Part I

One thing John had noticed during their many visits was how much Diego smoked and asked him, “Do you worry about how the smoke effects the condition of the art?” Diego replied “No. Not certain if I like art or smoking better.” John purchased five cartons of cigarettes and gave them to Diego as a gift. Little could they know Diego’s life would be cut short from cigarettes. See DiegoVoci™ BIOGRAPHY:                 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

And, John’s new Mercedes intrigued Diego. Diego liked grandeur and asked John to take him for a ride. John agreed but said, “Please, no smoking in my new car”. Diego simply said, “Yes.” After Diego’s ride in the classy new Mercedes, John and Helen drove back to their home in Ehrang, Germany and have proudly displayed their DIEGO oil paintings since.

John retired from the AF as a Colonel and Abbott Labs as Senior Manager, and Helen from her teaching. Their DiegoVoci™ paintings had been with them for nearly 50 years in Ohio, Maryland, California and Florida. John says, “All along we have loved them.” The Barnharts became avid collectors of art to include Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Alan Gough and many antiques they bought in Belgium.

NOW THEY ARE DOWNSIZING – SEE PART II

See available DiegoVoci™ art to acquire at www.diegovociproject.com

#ELIZABETH_TAYLOR, JACKIE #KENNEDY, and DIEGO HIDE OUT IN #ISCHIA, #ITALY

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:

“Composition Africane” 76cm x 56cm, Lithograph Signed and Numbered.

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): 

James Dobrodzek and Diego #Voci, 1983

James Dobrodzek and Diego #Voci, 1983

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

#DIEGOVOCI VERSATILITY vs. #BERNARDBUFFET SAMENESS

Bernard #Buffet clowns have sold at auction upwards of $100,000 each. They are instantly recognizable as #Buffet due to his repetitive heavy black brush strokes.

Fans addicted to #Diego Voci’s art wanted to possess at least one or more paintings of every #genre. This caused Diego to paint more #clowns that he otherwise would have – just to satisfy his buyers. However  . . .

. . . Diego made every effort to make each clown distinctly different, yet distinctly recognizable as a Diego work of art. Here are 8 examples of each artist:

#Clowns by Diego Voci and Bernard Buffet

#Clowns by Diego Voci and Bernard Buffet

“#Send in the clowns” may have been a big hit in the 70’s, but so were Diego’s clowns.  Check out more of Diego’s clowns:                     https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/clowns-gallery/

Send us your Diego Clown: diegovociproject@gmail.com

DIEGO VOCI #ART – “THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE! NOT EVEN ONE!”

The faces of the women”, Christine Khan replied to Coop #Cooprider just three years ago when asked, “What attracted you to Diego?”

Like so many DIEGO collectors Christine could not stop at having one Diego and she is hoarding them and enjoying them to this day. Christine Khan owns more than 3 dozen DIEGO artworks, but states very clearly in the interview with Coop (and Helga as a witness): “THEY ARE NOT FOR #SALE –  NOT EVEN ONE!”019 Two Women (copper plate) 26.8 x 20in

Above, you see “TWO WOMEN”, 27 in. x 20 in, Painted on #Copper Plate.

In Diego and Helga #Voci’s home in Taunusstein, #Germany (near Wiesbaden) Coop Cooprider, with his daughter Kendra and her son Ian, made video clips of their interviews. With Helga and Alessandra Voci to join them that Saturday before #Easter of April 7, 2012, Christine Khan recounted her memories of Diego and her relationship with the #Artist and his family. Stay tuned for more fun facts about the #Painter, #Father, and #Friend.  See more:  https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

Did you miss a PAINTING of the WEEK? In addition to this #Modigliani like work Diego rendered a variety of ‘faces’:  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page9.html#265

AC P of W #265 4/21/2015

#ART by Diego #Rivera and Diego #Voci

Both Diegos were fascinated by the people around them.

Both Diegos were considered #figurative artists.

Both Diegos portrayed the working class.

BLOG POST VERSION for Social Media and P of Wk 15 APR 2015

WHICH is WHICH?

Search Google: “Diego Rivera Paintings” AND/OR “Diego Voci Project”

Be sure to CLICK on IMAGES in tool bar for both Google results.

Find a plethora of #masterpieces by both #Diegos.

Tell us WHICH is WHICH: diegovociproject@gmail.com

See more #Diego_Voci Art: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

Missed a Painting of the Week? www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/painting-of-the-week/

AC P of W #264 4/15/2015

#DIEGO Portrayal of a German #Supper

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 Nr 1182 60 x 80cm

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:   diegovociproject@gmail.com

GOOGLE “Diego Voci” and Click on Images.

See Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/

 https://twitter.com/DiegoVoci

AC P of W #262 3/25/2015

 

 

TALL STRONG DIEGO VOCI TREE GREW FROM 1974 #SEED

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!

Stephen Max, Author and Publisher of

Stephen Max, Author and Publisher of “#THE BEAUTY OF DIEGO”

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:

  1. Stephen Max in 1974 may not have become an addicted Diego collector, hoarding 27 Diego paintings to this day. Max became a victim of what I call “The Potato Chip Phenomenon”; like me and many others who just could not stop at possessing only one Diego artwork.
  2. In 1981 Stephen & Wendy Max may never have created Goldcrest Galleries, Ltd. becoming Diego’s representative for Canada until 1985 (when Diego succumbed to lung cancer).
  3. Stephen Max may never have authored and published the deluxe coffee table book “The Beauty of Diego” http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego
  4. Stephen Max may never have created the virtual video museum tour of a “20 Year Diego Retrospective  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5Jl-2FuXM
  5. Stephen Max may never have created the monthly “Diego Newsletter”.
  6. Stephen Max may never have become a Board Member of the recently IRS approved not-for-profit “Diego #Voci Art Foundation” to which money and art can be donated to further the Diego Voci Legacy.
  7. Stephen Max may never have created a “DVP” (Diego Voci Project) website: www.diegovociproject.com; and, now in addition to all the above we also have two new 1 minute Max videos. See them on YouTube by searching “Diego Voci” for these two titles:
    1. Around The World“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeJMtZCFJI4&index=1&list=PLQ1OiZr7a94E3FL6hCAiUC1rNVu1uOle3
    2. “Diego Webpage Gallery”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuNQ2yP_XOM&list=PLQ1OiZr7a94E3FL6hCAiUC1rNVu1uOle3

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: diegovociproject@gmail.com

Thank you Stephen Max, Coop Cooprider