Brandon Katryna Benson recently posted this original drawing titled “Die Mutter bit Kind (Mother and Child)” for sale on eBay.
The buyer of this exceptional drawing received the piece with glass that was completely shattered but fortunately after cleaning away all the shards of glass the drawing was unharmed.
Just a few years ago, the times have changed when no one knew who Diego Voci was on the internet and now paintings are frequently posted on various sites for sale and sold to new buyers of new generations.
In art, often the sign of a great artist is their ability to draw… and Joy Gibson Naffouj, the Canadian art dealer representing Diego during his art career … quoted…”Diego’s hand is so fast it disappears as you watch.” Tony Voci, nephew of Diego, observed during his 1957 trip in Europe with his uncle… “Diego drew every waking minute“.
Drawing of this nature is done by Diego with certainty of line is complete in just a few minutes.
This Mother and Child subject matter is in memory of Diego’s trip to the Navajo Indians.
Here is one of 3 paintings known to be sold by Schlossgalerie in Zurich, Switzerland; a period when Schlossgalerie in Zurich provided Diego (Voci) a studio (mid 1963-1964) where master paintings were created.
Mr. Buri owner of Schlossgalerie in Zurich during that time period sold Diego’s works under the name “Antonio Voci”.
This painting of a blacksmith was discovered by Susan Vogler Pinfold. Susan sent this image to the Diego Voci Project and is referenced as “The Smithy” 57 ½” x 69″ oil on canvas. This painting is signed “A Voci” and on the plaque the name is “Antonio Voci“.
(left) Träumender Harlekin D-3842537 50x60cm (20” x 24”), Tempera
(Right) Schiff45x58cm (18” x 23”), Tempera
Both paintings (from the Diego Voci Estate) purchased by Jacqueline Risch, a collector in Germany. Jacqueline and her brother grew up knowing of Diego Voci as their father was a collector of Diego’s works. Jacqueline and her father visited regularly Wiesbaden, Germany when Jacqueline was still a child.
In Wiesbaden, Jacqueline and her father would visit Gallery Dahms where her father bought several painting from them (works by Diego Voci and other painters). During Jacqueline’s life, she visited Gallery Dahms by herself until the owner of Gallery Dahms passed away. Jacqueline’s brother found the Diego Voci Project on the Internet.
Jacqueline has visited Helga at her home recently in Taunusstein and since then has become friends.
Modigliani was one of the modern master painters who inspired Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) “Artist of a Thousand Faces”.
Here is a work by Diego Voci from the collection of Jacqueline Risch of Germany that gives hints of the Modigliani influence while remaining distinctly Diego.
To see more Google “Diego Voci” then click “Images”.
Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia biography states:
Diego thrived on camaraderie as did other artists before him, such as Amedeo Modigliani, both “figurative” artists, both Italian born, both migrated to Paris. Among Diego’s many facets was a drive never to be poor, never to live a tormented drug ridden life of Amedeo Modigliani who at age 35 “died in Paris exacerbated by poverty only one exhibition to his credit.” or the tortured life of Vincent van Gogh who died at age 37, with only one painting purchased in his lifetime. Diego greatly admired the exceptional work of both artists, but, unlike both artists who found few buyers for their work, in their lifetime, Diego did for his.
If you thought it was the bottom one you would not be alone. The top painting that sold on February 28, 2017 for $25 million dollars at Christie’s in London is not the typical bold style Gauguin is known for (Google “Gauguin images“).
The lower painting is by Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) from the private collection of Patti and Coop Cooprider. Google has selected a few dozen of Diego Voci art works for display in their gallery of Diego Voci Images. Google “Diego Voci” and click “Images”.
We are the Diego Voci Project, an all volunteer group assisting the Diego Voci Estate spreading the awareness of the great internationally collected artist Diego Voci and cataloging all of Diego Voci’s works of art in the Estate’s Archive.
In this case it was quiet power of women, who make the world hold together. The words of collector Stanley & Sibylle Wilcox follow this Diego image.
Stanley Wilcox shares with the Diego Voci Project:
“The title of this next piece is titled “Bauer bei der Ernte” (Farmers at Harvest). It measures 60 x 80 centimeters without the frame. When we first saw this large oil, my wife Sibylle and I were deeply moved by the labored facial expression of the woman standing in the foreground holding what appears to be a grain basket, and the other woman bending over a large half barrel basket with a cloth grain sack. It depicts honor and respect to hard working women in what I believe to be a childhood memory in a rural setting near to where Diego was born in Gasperina, Calabria, Italy.
Hand harvesting wheat was and still is practiced on small family farms in this region. (See interesting reference article and 1950’s/60’s photo posted at Scordo.com – Italian Food Recipes and Lifestyle: “The Wheat Harvest and Memory: Returning to Calabria”.)
Note that an almost identical scene is depicted in the background, strengthening the paintings depth and visually balancing the piece. The men are outnumbered 2 to 1 and are merely serving the role of overseeing the harvest in what I interpret as diminished supervisory capacity influenced by the overwhelming endurance of these women.”
Helga Voci, sole owner of the #DiegoVoci™ Estate, notified the #volunteer Diego Voci Project that she released 6 paintings in 2016 from the Diego Voci Estate #collection displayed on www.diegovociproject.com (also some lithographs).
The following paintings will be marked #SOLD on the website. Madame Voci lists the pieces at what she considers the #wholesale prices to #art #galleries, who in turn add their markup.
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”
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.
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.