100 YEARS OF DIEGO!

Explore, Experience, Learn about the internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee) 1920-1985! https://www.diegovociproject.com/

LEONARDO DA VINCI INSPIRED DIEGO VOCI

Leonardo da Vinci, St Jerome (begun circa 1482). Photo © Governatorate of the Vatican City State, Vatican Museums, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The work is Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome, and it is on loan from the Vatican Museums in Rome

MET GETS LOAN OF DA VINCI

“For Leonardo, a painter’s most ambitious goal was to convey a composition with convincing emotion,” said exhibition curator Carmen Bambach. “Few paintings in the history of Western art can elicit such a powerful psychological reaction.” – #ARTNEWS: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/leonardo-st-jerome-metropolitan-museum-1594957

Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) VOH-chee inspired by Leonardo da Vinci to capture powerful emotions in his works of art; see below as an example.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

See the entire painting “The Fisherman’s Miraculous Catch” by Diego Voci here; https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/no-tomorrows-no-yesterdays-only-the-moment-diegovoci/

YUL BRYNNER DIED OCTOBER 10, 1985 LUNG CANCER. DIEGO VOCI DIED DECEMBER 10, 1985 LUNG CANCER.

Yul Brynner knew in advance – nicotine was killing him and wanted to caution you.

DON’T SMOKE!

DIEGO SMOKED 40 CIGARETTES A DAY

DIEGO with family friend Heidi

Diego Voci; Paintbrush in one hand and in the other always a lit cigarette. 

WHERE IS THIS PAINTING NOW? WHO OWNS THIS PAINTING?

Il Riposo Delle Muse faded polaroid image

Il Riposo Delle Muse #83823 oil canvas 100x80cm 

Il Riposo Delle Muse by Diego Voci; #83823 oil on canvas 100x80cm sold to Ltc. Blazes on August 23, 1973 at Diego Voci’s Studio in Wiesbaden. This is a faded polaroid image of the original painting.

Any information, please contact the all volunteer project team at diegovociproject@gmail.com

WHAT HAPPENED SINCE #SEPTEMBER 23, 2016?

4 #months later what does #Google search say about the posting of 4 #Diego Voci #paintings for #sale by Diego Collector David Blackburn?

We asked #Google to search: “Diego Voci paintings for sale

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NOTE: #Google #algorithms respond differently in search references based on what they think are the interests of the individual user, so they may show a different order on the readers search.

Searched results:

On the first page Diego Voci Project is noted as number three as an entry within “WordPress.com” stating “Blackburn comment –on- 4 –paintings- for –sale – on”.

Artpal” came up number five stating “I have a #private #collection of nine DIEGO Voci original paintings that I ….”

Page Two of this search on Google shows that http://www.diegovociproject.com shows up #16.  And then dz.wordpress/tag/”Four Diego Voci Painting for sale.” (with images) which also provides link to #Artpal for Blackburn’s 4 paintings for sale.

Visit www.diegovociproject.com.  We are an all-volunteer team assisting the Diego Voci Estate in creating awareness of the internationally collected artist Diego Voci.

WHEN DID #INNOCENZO BECOME #DIEGO?

On this day on 10 August (1920) in Gasperina, Italy, Giuseppe Antonio Voci and Arcangela Messina Voci welcomed their second son, Antonio Innocenzo Voci  into this world… nicknamed “Toto” as a kid.  Antonio Voci never liked his middle name Innnocenzo.  It does not appear again in official documents other than the birth certificate on file in Gasperina.  He took the nickname “Diego”.

Tony Voci, nephew to Diego recalls traveling in Europe with his artist Uncle and about every hour they would stop at a café for a smoke and espresso.  To the surprise of Tony Voci, Diego was greeted as “Diego” everywhere.   “Diego” was his own celebrity.

Diego and Tony Enhanced

Diego Voci and Tony Voci

The name “Diego” signed on his artwork didn’t come into play until 1966.  At encouragement of Naffouj Gallery he began signing his paintings “Diego”.  Prior to that it was some form of VOCI.  See signature section on #Wikipedia:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#Gallery

The last known official document during Diego’s life was his 1976 Taunusstein Germany residence registration (see below) where “Diego” is listed as his middle name.

Taunusstein Certificta of Registration 31.3.1976 COPY for Helga

The December 10, 1985 Death Certificate ignores the birth middle name.

Some have wondered if Diego would have been more famous keeping the more unique name “Innocenzo” as his signature, rather than get lost in a swelling sea of Diegos, “Diego who?” .

Here’s a rewarding way to wish Antonio Diego Voci Happy Birthday.  Go to YouTube, click https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Diego+Voci and take a wonderful museum tour, a 20 year Diego retrospective covering two floors.  Or go to #Google, search “Diego  Voci” and click “Images”.

P.S. The mayor of #Gasperina, Gregorio #Gallello, just friended us on our Diego Voci Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/diego.voci Come and Join us!

 

 

#PORTRAITS? “THAT IS NOT #ART,” Diego Voci, 1974

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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.”

John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego

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.

“Principessa” Unknown Subject, “Who am I?” Diego drew me in 1974.

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/

Do you own a portrait by Antonio #DiegoVoci? Tell us: diegovociproject@gmail.com

Search DIEGO VOCI on YouTube and Google!

#RAMBO is an artist? #ROCKY is an artist?

Who would have guessed that Sylvester Stallone of ROCKY/RAMBO fame is celebrating 40 years of his #artwork.

See for yourself (direct link below):

Sylvester Stallone 40 Years as an ARTIST from BLOUN 24 MAY 2015 IMAGE

#BLOUN LINK:  http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1160634/review-40-years-of-sylvester-stallones-paintings-in-france?utm_source=BLOUIN+ARTINFO+Newsletters&utm_campaign=d622bcc807-Big_Clicks_5_3_154_3_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df23dbd3c6-d622bcc807-83386813#

Courtesy DIEGO VOCI PROJECT TEAM        GOOGLE  “Diego Voci”

www.diegovociproject.com

#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.

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 https://twitter.com/DiegoVoci

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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