The credible and notable internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985), read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci
From #ArtNet #News: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ruth-bader-portrait-brooklyn-museum-1529659 #Brooklyn is famously the birthplace of late rapper Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G., but it’s also the birthplace of the the Notorious R.B.G.—aka Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now, the Brooklyn #Museum is helping establish her legacy in the borough by acquiring a portrait of Ginsburg by New York artist Constance P. Beaty, which was donated by Ginsburg herself. – Courtesy of #DiegoVoci https://www.diegovociproject.com/
A glimpse into the day to day as Diego worked in his studio:
Words from DIEGO VOCI:
“I paint for pleasure… I like to work.” https://www.artifactcollectors.com/the-story-of-diego-voci-part-1-563.html
“I must to paint. To me is important the white canvas. On the canvas I can begin again. This is my life.”
“When you need money, I go paint some”, common words from Diego to Helga. Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci, shares some moments of Diego.
“Diego did not get so much excited when he sold a painting, he knew he needed the money to pay the bills, but money did not really interest him, he wanted a good life, nice Restaurants, Holidays, good Hotels, pay his bills, the house, etc. but he never was interested to save money, he did not care, as long as I [Helga] had a comfortable life and Alessandra [daughter] had everything she needed, everything was fine.”
The truth is if Diego could look down and see today;
The only things left for his widow and daughter at his death in 1985 were “some paintings and debts”. Helga at 78 with a daughter with Crohn’s Disease, is still working as a framer of other peoples’ art to meet expenses…
…THEREFORE, Helga is now offering the one piece dear to her heart she said she would never sell; The self portrait of Diego.
In this rare self portrait of Diego (Der Künstler und Sein Model, oil on canvas 32″ x 24″), surrounded by his love for art and his inspirations is offered on the Diego Voci Project website for 6000 Euros. Here is the link and explore the inspirations and intimacies of Diego Voci. https://www.diegovociproject.com/_p/prd4/4674134593/product/der-kunstler-und-sein-model
“Artists often paint multiple paintings of the same subject. #Picasso painted numerous paintings of Dora Maar and Marie Therese, Edward #Hopper used his wife, Jo, in most of his female subjects in paintings, #Bonnard also painted his wife in numerous paintings, Andy #Warhol did quite a number of Marilyn print, the same image but altered, #Monet painted dozens of haystack paintings, and multiple views of the Rouen Cathedral.” Kathleen Grace, Artist, Art consultant, Instructor, former Museum Educator, Gallery Curator
“It’s quite common for an artist to paint a subject that you like working with in varied multiple paintings.”
#DIEGO (Antonio Diego Voci 1920-1985) was one of them! Here are two examples (above) of a similar landscape where Diego captured a similar feeling and essence in these two works.
For more historical information on Diego, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci
John and Kathryn Marchi share their soulful story about how they met #Diego and acquired their two Diego works of art.
Kathryn Marchi reached out to the Diego Voci #Facebook page from a post yesterday title
“I LIKE DIEGO’S WORK BECAUSE…” . Stephen Max, Canadian Diego Voci Project Team member asked Diego Collectors in the most recent Christmas Diego Voci Newsletter, what they like about Diego’s work. And the responses are coming in. Please share yours!
“We are very excited about your Diego project!
Our Diego painting has been a centerpiece in our homes and admired by guests for over 40 years. We’ve loved telling the story about how we met Diego and our visit to his studio in the Taunus in 1976.
We were a military family, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany from 1975-1977. At that time, Diego was exhibiting and selling his paintings in the Frankfurt Officers’ Club. We met him there and admired his work.
In March, 1976, we received an invitation to attend an open house at Diego and Helga’s studio/home in Taunusstein-Neuhof near Wiesbaden, Germany. We were greeted at the door by Helga, dressed in black slacks and a sheer off-white blouse- a truly stunning woman. Upon arrival, each guest was given a number and were told that later on in the day, a drawing would be held for a special prize, not further identified. The home was small, cozy and decorated like one would expect from an artist…and quite charming. Paintings were displayed everywhere. Shortly after this, I noticed that Diego was sitting on a stool before an easel at the rear of his home, where I suspected he did all of his sketches and painting. I stood nearby and watched the sketch of a gypsy woman unfold. He created the picture, using one color and shades thereof. Once completed with his brush, he took a black magic marker and put in appropriate highlights. To my recollection, this beautiful sketch was created in less than 5 minutes. I was truly astounded. You can guess how we came by our sketch! Yes, our number was drawn and we were the thrilled recipients of the Gypsy Woman prize. Diego continued at the easel throughout the day and numbers were drawn periodically for the various sketches.
As we browsed throughout the studio, we were also told that Diego had begun to paint landscapes and there were many being displayed. However, my wife and I preferred what we considered Diego’s trademark; paintings of soulful female faces. “Venus in the Springtime” caught our eye and we purchased the painting that day. Unfortunately we have forgotten the price we paid; however, the enjoyment of this painting has been priceless.”
John D. Marchi
LTC (ret) US Army
#MAX AND #DiegoVoci™ FINALE
Jeune fille avec chapeau fleuri #291-921 40x50cm, Susan Max Private collection
Recollections of Susan Max, daughter of Stephen and Wendy Max:
“As a young girl living in #Germany, I had the rare treat of going to meet a “REAL” #artist.
I was so excited!
His name was Diego Voci and at first sight I recognized Diego’s #charisma. My nervousness subsided as he drew us into his world with his exceptional interest in each of us. He was very interested in the fact that both my middle brother and I read music and played instruments.
Diego upon learning of our #musical training removed a #napkin and drew a treble clef on it asking us to explain what the clef symbol was and a sheet of music he had. What struck me was that during this visit the house he lived in was a #cornucopia for the #imagination. He graciously took us through the living and working area and I seem to recall an easel with unfinished work set up in the studio.
I remember Diego as a man that displayed so much interest in the world around him. I also remember him saying that you could #paint with #color, #light and #canvas. He had the ability to instantly draw you into his world and to include you into it.
Much of my memories are that of an observer being let into a brilliant artists’ life. I remember how he also mentioned that I reminded him of a #painting he had done of a young girl and how my face shape was so similar. I remember being transfixed at the beautiful colors and the huge easels with work yet to be finished. On asking him when he painted, he responded when that he never knew when the urge would present itself and then as we were leaving Diego left and went in to the studio where he started to paint.
I am so lucky to be influenced by such a brilliant and still current REAL artist.”
Diego’s work truly expressed his poetical world and in so doing provides a never ending source of pleasure for us and his many admirers. –Stephen and Wendy Max December 1985
A DIEGO oil painting signed “DVoci” has a special connection for the VOCI Family.
About 1957, DIEGO was traveling in Germany with his nephew, Antonio “Tony” Voci, who said “I’m hungry”. DIEGO said, “You are hungry. I paint you something to eat.” and minutes later, here is the result. Tony in his early 80’s, living in Philadelphia where this gift from DIEGO is displayed.
“Still Life”, 18″ x 24″, 1957, Oil on Canvas, signed “DVoci 1957”
Courtesy of the Diego Voci Project www.diegovociproject.com
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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
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 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.
- 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).
- 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
- 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
- Stephen Max may never have created the monthly “Diego Newsletter”.
- 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.
- 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:
- “Around The World“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeJMtZCFJI4&index=1&list=PLQ1OiZr7a94E3FL6hCAiUC1rNVu1uOle3
- “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.
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Thank you Stephen Max, Coop Cooprider