5). DIEGO VOCI GENRE SERIES CLOWNS
CLOWNS?!? DON'T LAUGH!
DIEGO VOCI took painting of clowns very seriously.
Often collectors of international artist DIEGO VOCI (VOH-chee) purchased a clown for their first piece, and then expanded into other more sophisticated DIEGO genres. Seldom did a buyer of DIEGO stop at only one piece as you will see on AC thread "DIEGO VOCI (Antonio Diego Voci)" where dozens of collectors owning hundreds of DIEGO's have communicated. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818.html
NOTICE: To see the very best clown ever painted by DIEGO VOCI (by popular demand he did many superb clowns), go to AC thread title "DIEGO VOCI Painting of the Week" Link #25. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118.html#25
THERE IS A CASH REWARD FOR IT'S RETURN!
But, first meet "Ernesto".
"Ernesto the Clown", #44987, 27 1/2" x 31 1/2", sand based paint on canvas
"Circus People", #14905, 23 3/4" x 28 1/4", oil on canvas
"Der Narr mit Margerite Clown", 1972, 31 1/2" x 23 1/2" sand based paint on canvas
To see more clowns, there are several more within the AC thread DIEGO VOCI (Antonio Diego Voci) listed above. Especially worthy is link #54 , "Clowns Convene", a very special, very large piece now hanging in an attorney's office in Germany http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page2.html#54. (The painting directly under these clowns is the "Gasthaus Scene", purchased from "Dark Eyes" by another German resident Kendra Paul).
DIEGO was very generous with his work. A DIEGO clown was among the several gifts of art DIEGO gave his sister-in-law, see it at link #37. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page2.html#37. Also check out AC Link #120 for one more large clown by DIEGO http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page4.html#120.
Clown with Mirror: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page3.html#77
WAS DIEGO VOCI RELIGIOUS?
This was prompted by the posting of DIEGO's masterwork "Madonna and Child" on AC's "DIEGO VOCI Painting of the week" (December 26, 2011) and on Facebook / DIEGO VOCI where it was accompanied by the question is "IS GOD BLACK?" It was a race neutral and religion neutral event to view and question. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118.html#19
Religion entered international artist DIEGO VOCI's life as a very young boy. In his adult life DIEGO often painted or sculpted religious themes inspired by his early religious training as a child.
DIEGO in 1965 recalled to Joy Gibson-Naffouj (Canadian Art Dealer):
"One day, I was 8 walking the streets of Rome with my father. In a shop window, was beautiful religious sculpture. I said I want it. My father said no. I cried. It did not leave my memory. I took a knife and carved for myself"
This DIEGO experience was a significant signpost for the man who claimed "I was born to paint" .
And paint he did, creating an estimated 4000 DIEGO oil paintings (plus many more drawings) collected by DIEGO aficionados around the world. His subjects were many and varied, but, to the schooled eye, distinctly DIEGO.
Truly fascinating, and consistent with Diego’s notorious proclivity to eschew the establishment. It surprises me that he would agree to even submit his art for such a contest. I love the painting, bottle or no bottle.
I agree. The pink pitcher is better. Not only because of the composition. Its light color brings more light into the whole painting and changes the atmosphere.
The pitcher itself appears more slender than did the bottle, more consistent with the elongate neck of the man behind it. I agree that the paintover of the bottle improved the work.
Part 6 of 6 "DEATH by OIL and CANVAS"
By International Artist Antonio DIEGO Voci (VOH-chee)
"DEATH IN BATTLE" 1967, 35" x 47", oil on burlap
The Voci's will join the party via Skype. I spoke with my Aunt Lee today and learned of her first meeting with Diego and Helga. Great story.
Diego Meets His American Niece and Family
Lena (Lee) Iatestsa lived with her husband, Augustus (Gus) and two children, Pamela and Michele in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She knew her Uncle Diego through stories handed down from her father, Diego's brother Vincenzo, and her own brother Anthony, who spent time with Diego during his military service in Germany.
The Iatestas took a two-week ski trip to the Alps over Easter, a week in Austria and one in Switzerland for their daughter Pamela's Tenth birthday in 1972. They arrived at the Hotel Nassereinerhof in Sankt Anton am Arlberg Austria and settled into their rooms. Lee received a call from the front desk, it was Diego, who had somehow learned that the Iatestas were in Europe. Diego told Lee that he would come to see them with his wife, Helga. Lee remembers telling Diego that the weather was snowy, but Diego shrugged, "no matter, we take the train".
As Gus and Lee dined with the family in the Restaurant Nassereinerhof am Arlberg, Diego and Helga appeared before them. Lee remembers, "jumping to her feet like lightening" and taking her first sight of Diego and Helga, recalling Diego looking more like a Spaniard than any Uncle she could have. His hair was long "to the nape of his neck" and he wore a long sweater with a thick belt and large buckle and high leather boots. Helga was resplendent in a full length fur. Diego could not have been more opposite to Lee's father, Vincenzo, who wore a shirt and tie and black framed glasses.
Diego came with a gift, an oil painting titled, Three Sisters (1970). Diego presented the gift and instructed the Hotel clerk to put it in the Hotel office and arrange for it to be wrapped in brown paper, crated and shipped to the Iatestas in the United States. A photograph of the painting will follow soon.
The house in which international artist DIEGO Voci (VOH-chee) was born
August, 10, 1920, on Via Regina Elena, 85 - Gasperina (CZ), Italy. CZ stands for Catanzaro. Gasperina is a village which is in the provence of Catanzaro.
Looking at Voci's clothes design made me wonder why or if he ever made sculptures too. Fashion design is an art placed between 2 and 3 dimensions and a step towards 3 dimensional art such as sculpture won't be a surprise at all.
DIEGO VOCI and SCULPTURE
To Jade and our AC Viewers
Sculpture in DIEGO's life. He studied the best, Donatello to Michelangelo. It was a modern day sculptor, Gigi Guadagnucci who played a very important role in DIEGO's life. Gigi was not only DIEGO's friend, but, he also knew an attractive 18 year old Czech-born German girl, Helga Drössler. Gigi introduced them to each other at Les Deux Magots, the famous Paris hangout for the world's greatest artists. That began a 25 year marriage and love affair which you can read about here by Helga on this AC thread "DIEGO Voci History". Diego said, "I became more".
DIEGO did do a sculpture as a youth. DIEGO recalled carving a religious figure with his own knife at the age of 8 when his father would not buy the one he wanted in a Rome store window.
While with Helga, DIEGO designed and built furniture and fireplaces for the houses they lived in. He sculpted a copper door for Helga's parents. And he made a few wall sculptures (2 of them are in the Brown Family collection).
But overall DIEGO was passionately driven to paint and draw. He did so from youth as naturally as he drew a breath, something he had to do. It is that which dominated his life.
In the image below, DIEGO is dancing in front of the fireplace which he hand sculpted himself.
To see the fireplace in its entirety visit http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history- 4330818/Page6.html#164
"To draw, to paint, is my soul. A blank canvas is my life to begin again." - Antonio DIEGO Voci
A creative person will be creative in all aspects of his life. I bet he also cooked wonderfully.
Hi Jade and all the AC viewers,
Regarding the 3 DIEGO talents mentioned above: designing clothes, sculpting and cooking. DIEGO loved being the center of attention and creating wonderful quality things.
1. Voci Clothes: Here is a close-up of the impressive gold brocade material used 40 years ago to make the dress for the Ogden Brown daughters Lynda and Marsha. It was Marsha who curated the 1973 one man show at the Broadmoor in Boulder, Colorado.
2. Sculpture: We found a DIEGO wall sculpture in native African motif from the Dr. Ogden Brown collection. Helga Voci has one, also.
3. Yes, Jade, DIEGO cooked. Our sources were the Brown girls who marveled at DIEGO's passion to always be creating. At their home in 1973 when he wasn't on the floor drawing, or sewing, he would run out and buy ingredients for dinner, cook and even wash the dishes. Helga Voci confirmed the cooking part, but exclaimed, "DIEGO wash dishes? Never!"
In closing, DIEGO even made his own posters for the Broadmoor Exhibition, all hand drawn and hand lettered.
Great Bronze ! Does anyone have a good image of the Bronze doors that Diego created for Helga's parents' house? It is essential that we have an image of them for the website.
Help us find a 5' foot long historical DIEGO Voci painting, "Les Odalisques", highlighted on the cover of the 1974 DIEGO VOCI Catalog.
For details, see http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page3.html#72
Who's the last known owner of this painting?
Here is our Clown........On the bill of sale...:The Sad Clown"...#764....price $110.00 Purchased 8-3-1973.....
My dad, Dr. Ogden (Ted) Brown and mom, Alyce (since deceased), at one point in the seventies had the largest collection of DIEGO Voci artworks. This photo with DIEGO was taken with them in front of our Colorado Springs home in 1973.
DIEGO was our guest as we sponsored a stellar one-man exhibition for him at the Broadmoor Resort. While as guest, DIEGO designed and sewed a fully lined brocade dress for me and my sister Lynda. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history- 4330818/Page3.html#76.
DIEGO was constantly drawing, and he cooked for our family, selecting and purchasing every little ingredient. A memorable experience.
View the Stolen DIEGO Painting from the Brown Family Collection: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page9.html#248
Two other DIEGO paintings were stolen at a later exhibition in Vail. http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-history- 4330818/Page3.html#86