From the collectors of this Diego Voci work of art, Don and Becky Fry share their history with Diego and Helga Voci;
“We have very fond memories of meeting Diego and Helga. Our first, “Donna con Bambino” was purchased at the Patch Barracks Offier Club during a baazar which we always frequented. In the 1970’s there wasn’t much to do for a young family. We were in our mid 20s. We did meet Diego and Helga. After his (Diego’s) death we traveled to his home and met with Helga. We also met Christine Khan (one of Diego’s Representatives and a dear friend to Helga) several times. We returned to Germany in 1984 and immediately wanted to purchase Diego’s work. We took a family trip from Kitzingen to Wiesbaden AB purchased a couple of Diegos. After 1985 we purchased a couple others. I acquired the Poster from the Education Center at Larson Barracks where I was stationed.”
From the Diego Voci Project, we thank, Don and Becky Fry for sharing their memories of Diego Voci. Their words only highlight what most Diego Voci collectors share in common is the the potato chip phenomenon (once you buy one Diego you end up purchasing more).
Diego pictured here with Gigi-Bellati, and Lino-Storero at-La-Gondola 1977. Notice the painting on display in the upper right hand side of the image, titled: “Young Lady by the Window”. When this image was featured in Diego’s Blog on WordPress, it didn’t take long before we received an email from one of Diego’s Collectors. The note and image shown below from The Wilcox Family.
…I was stunned to see that we own the beautiful Young Lady by the Window which is depicted in your 1977 photo on the wall directly above Diego and Lino Storero. We won this watercolor and ink as a door prize at one of his home studio showings in #Wiesbaden Taunestein! Best Regards and Wishes… …Stan and Sibylle Wilcox
Diego Voci; “Italienische Landschaft” #781-842 oil on canvas 50x40cm
Herr Dirk Reischauer of Wiesbaden, exactly 40 years ago paid 1,800 in German currency for this canvas by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee); (1920-1985). He was attracted to Diego’s expression of simplicity, composition, color contrast and depth of distance. But, where is Dirk and his painting today? Contact us at email@example.com
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Diego Voci; “Deux Filles au Bleu” 50x60cm oil on canvas ca. 1968
This painting, was listed on The Diego Voci Project website as “Not for Sale”.
Stephen & Wendy Max (volunteers for the Diego Voci Project Team) were immediately attracted to this portrait of two young women-with dark blank eyes, sensuous lips without a smile -conveying a message of noble beauty. Eventually and gratefully we were able to convince Helga to part with her treasured painting.
When Stephen & Wendy Max finally received the painting we asked Helga why “Deux Filles au Bleu” meant so much to her, here is her response:
Dear Stephen and Wendy, I am happy that you like the painting and I know that with you it is in good hands and that you really appreciate it. The story about it is that when we lived in Wiesbaden between 1965 and 1970 we went one time to Prague where we went several times because we both liked the City and we always went through little antique shops, they had many there and we found this beautiful frame and Diego said- I will paint you a beautiful painting for this frame and that was -Deux filles au bleu- and I loved it and carried it where ever we moved. …Helga Voci
Today, is the first day of KWANZAA, a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions. Antonio #DIEGO Voci was fascinated with all cultures. #Traveling he embraced traditions of many nations. Shown here is an African Mother and Child resembling Diego’s Madonna and Child genre which we posted just 6 of last week.
“Young Mother With Child” 80cm x 40cm ,Oil on Canvas, #1061-569. Sold December 1976 by “La #Gondola” risttorante in Germany where DIEGO loved to dine!
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States, as well as other countries with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors #African culture in not only the #African-American community but also in the World African community.
This cultural festival from the 26th of December to the 1st of January that climaxes in feasts and gift giving, was initially established to unite African-Americans with their African roots and heritage. Kwanzaa is celebrated by lighting a candle daily, beginning today, 26 December 2017, through January 1, 2018 when it ends. #Happy Kwanzaa all!
For more on Diego’s travels see our “Antonio Diego Voci” – History Thread on Artifact Collectors, where the Diego Voci Project has posted numerous stories shared with us by Diego #Collectors”. Here is one you’ll get a kick out of Helga Voci’s story about Diego the “perfect Indian“: https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page4.html
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
“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)
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 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.”