“You are hungry. I paint you something to eat.”

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.

C.V. 1957 Still life  with DVoci Signature

“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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October 23, 2011 AC P of W #8

THE BIG GIFT TO DIEGO VOCI’S MOTHER

In 1955 the Matriarch of the Voci family was treated to her long awaited religious wish to visit Saint Peters Basilica in Rome.

whole Voci famMessina Arcangela (b. 1880), was granted her wish by 2 of her 3 sons. On her left is her middle son Giuseppe age 42, a musician in the Rome Orchestra; to the right of Messina is her youngest son, our internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci age 35, dressed smartly (most likely in clothes of his own making trained at tailoring school in Reggio); To the right of Diego, Maria Teresa Voci, she is the mother to Mario age 13, standing in front of her. To the far right is Tonino age 16, older brother to Mario. Tonino was later killed in an auto accident 2002. Diego was his idol.

Mario, now in his seventies who supplied this family photo said of his “nanna”(Grandmother), “The coolest lady I’ve ever known. Cooler than a refrigerated cucumber“.

Vincenzo, Diego’s oldest brother, at the time of this photo, was the missing brother, a professional designer at Pincus Manufacturing in Philadelphia, his home since he was 15 years old.

Messina’s husband Giuseppe Antonio had passed away. He wanted Diego and his brothers to be tailors and sent them all to tailoring school in Reggio (birthplace of Versace). His advice to Diego who said he wanted to be an artist, Toto [Diego], the God of Art does not give bread“.

Courtesy of the Diego Voci Project www.diegovociproject.com

 AC DV History #197 2/27/2015