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.”
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.
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 email@example.com. We are excited to receive your images. Google “Diego Voci”, and click Images. Amazing!
On October 30, 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany, a WilliamBurdümy 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 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.
(left) Träumender Harlekin D-3842537 50x60cm (20” x 24”), Tempera
(Right) Schiff45x58cm (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.
eBay ad falsely stated by a seller in Swanton, Vermont stated:
“THIS DRAWING IS FROM THE LATE 50’S EARLY 60’S”
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.