Happy 97th Birthday Innocenzo! Who?

Why would someone change their middle name to “Diego“?  Google “Diego” and you get results for San Diego, Diego Rivera, Go Go Diego, children’s character.  Antonio Diego Voci changed his middle name to Diego.  Google Antonio Diego Voci, click on images and be amazed to view artworks by “Diego” Voci.

“#Diego” as he wanted the world to know him, rejected his birth middle name “Innocenzo”.  Being the youngest of three boys by fifteen years, that sweet little newborn was the picture of innocence (Italian: innocenza). Diego wanted to be seen as anything but innocent.  The family pet childhood name “Toto” was enough to bear. “Diego told me he never liked his middle name,” said Helga Drössler Voci, wife. “Innocenzo” is conspicuous by its official document absence in Diego’s life. Innocenzo was discovered only on his birth certificate (see below). After that it is “Antonio Voci” until 1976 when “Diego” is slipped into a government document.” – Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia 

1920 August VOCI Antonio Innocenzo Birth Certificate Gasperina, Italy Resized

“In 1976, the metamorphosis of Diego for his middle name was completed by Diego on at least one official document when he registered residence in Taunusstein (by Wiesbaden) at the time he and Helga purchased their first and last home and studio. The name is “Antonio Diego Voci”, finally official recognition of Diego on a government document” (see below)

1976 March 31 Taunusstein Residence Permit includes DIEGO name Resized

 

LET’S GO TO THE FRENCH RIVERA

En Regardant La Mer polaroid image

Diego Voci; 80 x 60cm, oil on canvas (polaroid image of original painting)

Antonio Diego Voci, master figurative painter (1920-1985) once claimed he only paints from memory.  Too bad he’s not here to share more about this provocative memory he captured here, titled:

“En Regardant La Mer” (Looking at the Sea)

Joseph Marasco, where are you now?  And do you still have this painting? Contact us at diegovociproject@gmail.com.

Joseph Marasco paid Diego in his Wiesbaden studio $890 to take this marvelous (80 x 60cm) painting home on 28 September 1980.  Joseph address then (in 1980) was:

61 Westfalen Apt.5 62 Weisbaden – Aukamm

If you have this Diego Painting, contact us at diegovociproject@gmail.com!

In September of 1980 at Galerie Dahms on the prestigious Wilhelmstrasse of #Wiesbaden, #Germany, someone unknown person paid 3,100 Deutsche Marks for this fairly large painting by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).

La Vendeuse de Cocombres 4802-056 front index card

La Vendeuse de Cocombres #4802-056 oil on canvas (English translation “saleswomen of melons”)

Helga Voci recalls, “The buyer may have been a German Doctor.”  No name is on the index card.  Siegfred Dahms owner of Galerie Dahms said this about Diego;

“DIEGO is one of the few artistic personalities whose paintings really appeal to people.  They understand, they get excited about and they really enjoy living with DIEGO’s art.   The beauty of his paintings and the desire of possession are often so immerse that people gradually acquire more and more of his work.  DIEGO buyers soon become DIEGO collectors.”

Learn more about Diego.  Take a virtual museum tour. https://youtu.be/GG5Jl-2FuXM

La Muse et Le Poet, and a Box of old Polaroid Images

Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci (1920-85), sent the Diego Voci Project Team a box of old faded polaroid images of oil paintings by Diego.   Sifting thru hundreds, we came across this index card with the image of “La Muse et Le Poet”, the number of the painting, dimensions, year of purchase and the collector who purchased.

Le Muse et Le Poet Front Index Card HalsaverLe Muse et Le Poet back index card without price

The team recognized the name as one of Diego’s collectors, The Halsavers wrote an excerpt on their Diego Voci collection:

We have about 10 Diego’s works and treasure them.  In fact, will still have the receipts for most all.  We visited him in his home and he has joined us for a bottle of wine at ours in Stuttgart in the mid-70’s.  Christine Khan, who displayed Diego’s works in her Wiesbaden studio, joined us maybe a half dozen times, too.  We have a folder of Diego’s promotional materials and ads from various handouts as well as newspaper articles about him.  His house had a dozen or more New Mexico magazines scattered about and as we had moved from New Mexico to Stuttgart, we talked of his time there and how we loved his realistic pastels of Indians that we bought.  We are glad that you have taken the initiative to honor Diego works on this site.  

The Diego Voci Project Team is presently cataloging all of Diego Voci’s works of art into the Diego Voci Estate Archive.

This is a message to the Halsavers and others to send the Diego Voci Project Team images of your Diego works.  Visit www.diegovociproject.com or email us at diegovociproject@gmail.com.  We are excited to receive your images.  Google “Diego Voci”, and click Images. Amazing!

Who Own this #Painting?

The Farmers 30x40 cm

The Farmers by internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-85).

This painting was originally purchased by Dr. Braun in Wiesbaden, Germany from Galerie Dahms March 27, 1975.

Any information on the whereabouts of this painting contact diegovociproject@gmail.com.

 

WHERE IS THIS LITTLE GEM NOW?

Haystacks

On October 30, 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany, a William Burdümy purchased this Diego Voci (1920-85) painting titled “Haystacks“.  This painting was painted in Diego’s home studio where Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci, still lives today.  

 Haystack examples

“Haystack” examples were a fascination by other masters; #Monet, #Pissaro and #Cezanne.  

Please visit www.diegovociproject.com to view more master pieces from the internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci.

SOLD! Schiff 2500 Euros & Träumender Harlekin 2500 Euros both by Diego Voci

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(left) Träumender Harlekin D-3842537 50x60cm (20” x 24”), Tempera

(Right) Schiff 45x58cm (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.

Please visit www.diegovociproject.com  to acquire works by Diego Voci and to learn more.

NOT ACCURATE! CHECK YOUR “FACTS” ABOUT DIEGO VOCI!

eBay ad falsely stated by a seller in Swanton, Vermont stated:

“THIS DRAWING IS FROM THE LATE 50’S EARLY 60’S”

DIEGO VOCI SIGNED DRAWING (AUTHENTIC) EBAY image for post March 22 2017

NON ACCURATE.

FACT: Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) did not sign his works “Diego” until the last half of the 1960’s when Canadian art dealer Joy Gibson – Naffouj began representing the artist.  It was through the encouragement of Joy and her husband Dr. Jawdat Naffouj that the Diego signature took hold.  Before that all the art works were signed some form of VOCI.  (See 1965 ad in Zurich newspaper https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/attention-look-for-voci-not-diego/

During the time Naffouj was selling works signed “Diego” Galerie Dahms in Wiesbaden continued to sell works to the upscale German market signed some form of “Voci”.

NOTE: We can find no evidence that the Diego Voci Project Team was the source of this misinformation.

Coops Signature Box w TM Marks 29 NOV 2015

Morocco… Spain… and Glass Paint

The presence and recognition of Diego Voci (1920-85) is expanding each day in the world of art.

Here is a recent discovery of a Diego Voci collector Ann Birkhimer whose daughter Karen shares with us their family’s Diego collection.

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The beginning…..”During 1972-74 at one of the officers clubs (not sure but may have been Rhein Main) near Wiesbaden, Germany the paintings were purchased.  My father was stationed there on three separate occasions, the last being 1972-1976.” 

“My mother (Ann) bought them because she just loved them all.  One of them is in the cubist style and quite large (my brother has that one) and it was quite unusual that she (Ann) would purchase something so “modern” as she has always tended to be rather traditional in her tastes. The painting is called “Masks”.  But, for some reason the painting “spoke” to her and she bought it along with the three other more traditional paintings. Those three all look sort of Spanish or Moroccan.”

The “Masques en blue et rouge” is done in “glass paint” which is unique method of material to use for painting.  Here are some other examples of “glass paint” paintings by Diego https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/glass-paint-diegovocitm/

The inspiration for the Spanish “Une Village en Espagna” and Moroccan paintings came from Diego’s love of the people and warmer climates.  Here is an historical excerpt from Helga’s (widow of Diego Voci) biography of her and Diego:

“The weather was very bad in London and Diego wanted to go south to the sun. So we decided to go to Spain in October 1961. We took the car and went southward, stopped in several cities and after about 1 month we arrived in the Andalusia region in a very beautiful little fishing village called Almunecar. This was an artist`s colony, all kind of artists from different countries. 

We stayed until January 1962. We had a beautiful and very interesting time with long discussions, Diego also made paintings and drawings but he never kept anything, when the painting was finished he was not interested anymore and made presents to friends. He was very popular among the Spanish people also the higher class and he felt wonderful.

In February 1962 we left Spain and went to Morocco, first to Casablanca and Tangier and then he was supposed to go to Marrakech to do some work in an American Officers’ Club. I had to go to Germany for personal reasons, so I flew to Munich while Diego stayed in Marrakech.”

Visit www.diegovociproject.com to view and learn more about Diego Voci.

 

WHAT WOULD #DIEGO SAY?

“I am always learning, always painting, to fill a need… to express.”  Diego’s exact words.  We want and need more quotes!

First, thanks to Mara, Lars and Stephen for your comments that inspired by the life and art of our hero, Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985).

Lars, we are so grateful you found Artifact Collector’s (see link http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page17.html#115141 ) and shared your story with the history your parents have in collecting Diego Voci’s works of art.

ACTION FOR HELP:

Lars, and everyone who knew Diego, we would like to know much more about your personal experiences with Diego every detail to include in the Diego Voci Archive™.  One thing we treasure is the exact words as Diego would express his thoughts from the mundane to the worldly view of the great philosophers; everything in his broken Italian accented English. We are gathering such quotes to publish on Wikiquotes.

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What would Diego say when he was smoking a cigarette? (2 packs a day, unfiltered)

Would Diego say anything after a first sip of wine?

What would Diego say when he was frustrated with a painting?  What would he do? Would he stop and say something or did he gesture a frustration?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when a potential collector came thru the door?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when Diego put down his paint brush and knew a painting was done?

What were the first words out of Diego’s mouth when he sold a painting?

What would Diego say over and over and over again to Alessandra?

Helga, what slipped thru Diego’s voice to keep you calm, “quote” in his words?

Lars, we hope you receive the message on Artifact Collectors “Antonio Diego Voci” thread.  When you sign in on a “Guest” post without registering with AC (it’s free to register when you do) we are unable to respond to you directly and you will not be notified when we respond back to you.*

We” is in reference to the all-volunteer Diego Voci Project to assist the Diego Voci Estate in cataloging all of Diego works of art and creating awareness for the Diego Voci Legacy™.  Helga is still living in Taunusstein, Germany near Wiesbaden.

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