Exactly one year ago today, the 62 year old “Winning Team” of Patti & Coop Cooprider became minus one, Metastatic Vulvar Cancer. Patti said “No Grieving!”
In the end, she was still leading by example. If you haven’t seen Patti in the mini-video on her next to last day in hospice bed, it’s an exhilarating testimony of Patti’s unique ability to rise above it with buoyancy and “joie de vivre” , in a spontaneous singing response to Coop’s “I Love You” with Teddy Bear in hand. (Be sure to wait ‘til Patti sings!)
Dan and Arlene surprised the DVP with a rare caricature signed “Voci” they cherish, in addition to an exquisite oil painting by DIEGO they bought from Diego directly in Wiesbaden, Germany while Dan was stationed there. Here are Dan’s words: “I met Diego several times. See the attached “all-in-fun” sketch by Diego. He asked me what my sport was I said skeet shooting. He thought I said skiing, but I corrected him. So, you see both sports in the sketch, my broken skis and a shotgun. We purchased the painting directly from him at the Wiesbaden Officers Club”:
Thank you Dan and Arlene for being a part of the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT since 2016!
For recent DVP Newsletters by Stephen Max who is on the mend from his hip surgery (NOTE: look closely at “Steverino” who had a broken ankle way back then!), click here:
36 years ago, . . . the world said “GOOD-BYE” to Diego Voci! On December 10, 1985, in Mainz, Germany, Diego Voci took his last breath and bid the loves of his life: Helga Voci and Alessandra Voci farewell. We commemorate the life of DIEGO who enriched so many of us with his flamboyant and creative mind and hands. Have you read the Wikipedia Biography by Coop Cooprider? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci Or taken the virtual Museum tour by Stephen Max? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5Jl-2FuXM Just type in “Antonio DIEGO Voci” on any SEARCH engine. You’ll see the 10 plus years of hard volunteer work by the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT. Read the DVP DECEMBER NEWSLETTER:
Antonio DIEGO Voci, the World Traveler. Diego owner Jeff inherited this #vintage 1968, Oil on Canvas, DIEGO Painting titled #MEDINA. Below it is #MOROCCO MARKET owned by Diego’s great-nephew Chris. See more of the renditions DIEGO recalled from memory of his travels.
This month in the DIEGO_VOCI NEWSLETTER, Stephen Max, DVP Producer, shares with you his thoughts on #Clowns and #Children, both subjects that Antonio DIEGO Voci never tired of putting to canvas. Here are two that were discovered this August! Click on the Newsletter link below our 2 excellent DIEGO images. There is a BONUS video, too!
“2 Girlfirends” was selected for teh Private #Collection as one of the favorites by DIEGO’s associates at the #NAFFOUJ #GALERIE in #Landstuhl #Germany.
Joy #Naffouj, who with then husband Dr. #Jawdat_Naffouj represented #DIEGO_VOCI in Germany starting in 1966. They met Diego while doing #caricatures. Soon, Diego presented a collection of #paintings to show his versatility, technical skills and styles. He agreed to sign a contract where he was “committed to a guaranteed income”. So the story goes . . .
. . . have you seen DIEGO’s caricatures? Read more here . . .
Take a virtual tour of Coop Cooprider’s Private selection of DIEGO artworks he is letting go, though not easily! Couretsy of Stephen Max, DVP Producer and DIEGO COLLECTOR. Find out #SPECIAL PACKAGE #DEALS and #BOGO Details at link below images.
These colorful #muses are a testament to Diego’s comment about women:
“A man look at woman… this is cerebral feeling. Venus is love god … who made her? In reality Venus never existed. I like for example fat woman … that’s the way I build Venus. Or I like the skinny woman … that’s the way I build Venus.” DIEGO #VOCI, 1974
3 years ago, we the DIEGO VOCI PROJECT posted an exquisite artwork by Antonio DIEGO Voci asking “Where is it Now?” We heard nothing. So, I (Kami Cooprider) happened to see the Index Card which #Helga_Voci created to track #DIEGO’s sales over the years, shown below the true color image here: “Arlequin sur la Plage” by #DIEGO
I decided to search for the owner’s name on the card. Low and behold there was a man of the same name right nearby in Chula Vista, CA – just miles down the road from San Diego. Making a photocopy, I snail-mailed the images to Gene A. and gave him our DVP phone number! 2 days later the call came in. Gene was as surprised by our mail as we were to hear back from him. YES, he still owned this exquisite oil painting “Arlequin sur la Plage” and it graces Gene’s walls still today! And,he owns 2 more #DIEGO artworks!
Better still is the story Gene shared about how, while visiting with DIEGO, he noticed there was a trace of a figure on the wall on the left next to the #Harlequin:
So, Gene asked DIEGO to paint over it some before taking it home. Yet, here we are 40 years later and the figure is starting to slowly reappear according to Gene. The next day Gene sent an image of the back of the canvas – here you see it. DIEGO often painted over canvases and always said, “You don’t ask yourself what day do you have the idea… it grows from yourself.” – DIEGO Quote from Victoria Williams article 1974.
We’ll be featuring another of Gene’s DIEGO artworks soon! Keep an eye out for more . . .
CHECK OUT #Harlequins, #Alequins, and #Harlekins by Antonio DIEGO Voci: