During a 1974 interview with John Krueger, about Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) he quotes DIEGO saying “I love America and the Americans”, enthuses Diego with the typical expansive gesturewith his Fellini face in Mastroianni manner.” THAT WAS OUR DIEGO!!!
Writing for the #Stars_and_Stripes John further stated, “Diego’s productivity is the envy of other painters, and if he stays up all night these days it is to create at his easel. Mornings are for sleeping. Afternoons for sales. The ground floor of the house is a combination Studio & Gallery. American cars with their green U.S. Forces plates pull up and fill up with Diego Originals. I saw a young haired blue-jeaned officer squeezing wife son and newly-acquired Diego painting into a low-slung sports car. Many of the Americans come from neighboring Patrick Henry Village. They have seen Diego’s exhibits in German galleries or in the States. He travels regular to the US “where the art action is”. Helga and he drove coast-to-coast last fall and found “everything so colorful so panoramic.””
Traveling to the Unites States of #America also combined trips to CANADA where Stephen and Wendy Max hosted DIEGO and Helga. Read more in our DVP July Newsletter:
Bachofner shares her internationally collected artist Diego Voci story;
“I own two original Diegos’
purchased in 1973 through Naffouj Gallery, in Landstuhl, Germany. I bought two
large ones at the time at an art show through Naffouj Gallery. The exhibit was
held at the “General Von Steuben” Hotel in Wiesbaden and Diego Voci (VOH-chee
1920-1985) was there in person.
I later visited Diego at his home in Germany and purchased another small watercolor painting on wood directly from him. The colorful one on wood is a village scene. The other one is of a Pueblo village in the American southwest where Diego said he’d traveled. These are original and are signed by Diego. My two large Diego paintings are with me in Maine.”