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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

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3 years ago
Lcamargo
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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.

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3 years ago
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1974 DIEGO VOCI BENEDICTINE CONTEST ENTRY
IS THIS WEEK'S "DIEGO VOCI PAINTING OF THE WEEK"


The case of the missing BENEDICTINE bottle is being entered on DIEGO VOCI History as Painting of the Week as a one time exception due to its prominent historical value. (See the other Painting of Week selections link: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118.html ). The retaliatory fate of the BENEDICTINE bottle also gives insight into DIEGO's personality.

You be the Judge.

In 1974 DIEGO was invited to participate in the 12th Annual BENEDICTINE Art Awards in NY. DIEGO showed no interest. I offered to buy DIEGO's creation in advance, on the condition it would be submitted to the BENEDICTINE event. DIEGO agreed. DIEGO had complete freedom on what to paint.

This 1974 full image (30" x 24" sand based paint on canvas) with the 14" BENEDICTINE bottle (taken indoors, natural light no flash) shows the result as submitted to the BENEDICTINE event.


Look closely at this close up of the 14" BENEDICTINE bottle


Now look closely at the second full image 30" x 24" (taken in natural light outside on Jan. 10, 2012) of the same painting. What happened to the BENEDICTINE bottle? It's gone!


When DIEGO learned he did not win, he retaliated, and obliterated the BENEDICTINE bottle and its labels. Before I could pick up my paid-in-advance "BENEDICTINE" painting, DIEGO had clandestinely painted out all evidence of his disappointing BENEDICTINE experience. DIEGO transformed the BENEDICTINE bottle into a 14" pink pitcher adding a handle. Here is a close up of DIEGO's imperfect paint-over. (All else in the painting is exactly the same).


I would have preferred from an historical vantage that the BENEDICTINE bottle remained as painted. However, the pink pitcher as the substitute fits the composition nicely, maybe even improving it as the added handle breaks across the white garment following the line of the neck downward.

The Question: Is the painting worth more now because of the unique history, or would it have been more valuable with the Benedictine bottle that did not win?

While you are on this "DIEGO VOCI History" site be sure and read the interesting and revealing 7 chapters written by widow Helga Voci "Helga and DIEGO Voci". This DIEGO VOCI Painting of the Week also appears as a DIEGO VOCI Facebook Event.
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3 years ago
cjvoci
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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.


Chris
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3 years ago
jade
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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.

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3 years ago
cjvoci
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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.

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3 years ago
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DIEGO VOCI WAS POW IN WWII

After an inquiry sent to Chris Voci in Philadelphia (January 18, 2012) regarding DIEGO's POW experience in WWII, he received the following email from Mario Voci (in London), a valuable insight into the mosaic of DIEGO VOCI's life.

"Hello Chris, thanks for the email. Last night I phoned my sister in Rome, in case she had more or different info than me, but unfortunately as she's 2 yrs younger than me she, in fact, knows less than me. About Diego's (to us "zio (uncle) Toto" ) military service, I think he would've been called up at the age of 20-21 (1940), as that's the age you were eligible for the Military Service in Italy. I heard from my mum & dad that he was posted to the front-line & when he came back on leave, my grandmother had to boil his uniform several times to get rid of the lice infestation. He was captured by the Germans & put in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. Somehow the camp commander found out he was an artist & moved him to his quarters to live & make some paintings. He had these privileges until the end of the war. He visited us in Rome very often when he was roaming around Europe. My dad used to make suits for him & he also used to bring/buy me great toys. After my dad's death (1966), he didn't show up anymore. That's until my sister's wedding (1973). Obviously I used to visit him every year since 1969 on my trips to & from Swansea (South Wales) & Rome by car. That's until I went 1st to Saudi Arabia & then with Dagmar & Marcus to Jo’burg (South Africa) . We came back to England in 1984 & planned to visit Diego again but sadly he died before we could make the trip. The people who would've known dates & details are dead. I've just remembered: when he was a teenager he liked cycling & participated in local races. Another particular, in one of his visits to Rome, he asked me how I was doing at school . I told him I was OK apart from Physics 'cause I didn't have the textbook. He then went out to the bookshop & bought me the textbook. "Here it is, now memorize this book & you'll be alright". Simple! I could be here all day with little memories like these, but I don't think they'll be relevant to the project. I hope this will be useful to your research. We send you & family our very best wishes & love. Mario, Dagmar & Marcus"

TO ALL AC VIEWERS: All things DIEGO did and said add color to our DIEGO VOCI experience. Share what you know, have or find.
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3 years ago
Lcamargo
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WORLD RECORD BREAKING PRICE!
$250 MILLION FOR A CEZANNE "CARD PLAYERS" PURCHASED BY THE ROYAL FAMILY OF QATAR


See details on how relates to DIEGO VOCI http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page8.html#215
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3 years ago
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"Friends" is Part 4 of 6 in DEATH by OIL & CANVAS SERIES by International artist DIEGO VOCI (VOH-chee).
http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page2.html#46

Can a Fortune Cookie foretell what happens in the afterlife? Come see next week in Part 5 of the series.
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3 years ago
Lcamargo
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Ever ask:

WHY WAS I BORN?

WHY AM I LIVING?

WHAT COMES AFTER?

DIEGO Voci (VOH-chee) portrayed such thoughts.

http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page2.html#50
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3 years ago
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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

http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page2.html#52

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3 years ago
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OPEN INVITATION

DIEGO VOCI RECEPTION

Helga Voci is hosting a small informal reception at the home she and DIEGO purchased in 1976, had his studio and where she lives today.

See Link: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page8.html#220
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3 years ago
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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.

Chris Voci
(610) 608-VOCI

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3 years ago
Lcamargo
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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.

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2 years ago
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THE DIEGO VOCI BIRTH CERTIFICATE

INNOCENZO v. DIEGO

"The sweetest sound to any person is his own name." Abraham Lincoln

"DIEGO" as he wanted the world to know him, rejected his birth middle name "Innocenzo". Being the youngest of 3 boys by 15 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 for DIEGO, "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, and was discovered only on his Birth Certificate. After that it is "Antonio Voci"on official papers until 1976 when "DIEGO"as a middle name is slipped into a government document. But, he began signing his art "Diego" about 1965.

Antonio Innocenzo Voci Birth Certificate
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2 years ago
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DIEGO VOCI "The TAILOR"

Little known was the fact that all three VOCI sons of Giuseppantonio & Messina Archangela Voci attended tailoring school in Reggio (birthplace of Versace). The goal was a stable, traditional trade to provide an income.

Giuseppantonio, encouraged his son to follow a traditional profession, "Toto [DIEGO], the God of Art does not give bread." But the compulsion in DIEGO for art was too strong, the pleasure too rewarding, "I was born to paint." DIEGO said.

In addition to his artworks, DIEGO would also design and make his own clothes as an adult, and for the ladies of his liking.

DIEGO Voci designed and made the clothes he was wearing in this photo
A gift for the Brown Family daughters of a full length lined brocade dress designed and sewn by DIEGO
Helga Voci posing in a full length lined cape with silver trim DIEGO made and designed
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2 years ago
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Galerie Dahms (Wiesbaden)

Helga Voci found two (not very clear) images she took of the Galerie Dahms, about 1983, each with a DIEGO painting in the window. Look closely and you can see the reflection of Helga in the glass standing outside shooting the photo. It indicates not only how big the DIEGO painting is to the left of Helga but also how high the galerie ceiling is. The galerie was located on the classy Wilhelmstrasse of Wiesbaden. The DIEGO / Dahms relationship based on a handshake, lasted nearly 2 decades.
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2 years ago
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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.

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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

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2 years ago
jade
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A creative person will be creative in all aspects of his life. I bet he also cooked wonderfully.

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2 years ago
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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.

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2 years ago
jade
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That's fantastic!

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2 years ago
cjvoci
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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.

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2 years ago
Lcamargo
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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

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2 years ago
jade
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Who's the last known owner of this painting?

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2 years ago
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STOLEN DIEGO VOCI PAINTINGS

In the ongoing effort to rediscover the lost art of DIEGO VOCI, here are two more that we identified in 1974 as stolen DIEGO Voci paintings. An excerpt below from The Vail Villager dated 1974 with the details.

"Two valuable paintings on display in the lobby of The Lodge at Vail were discovered missing Sunday morning, according to Marsha Largent, representative of the Diego Voci art display."

"The two paintings, entitled "The Gypsy" and "Group of Fishermen" are part of a display of the paintings of Diego Voci, a world-renown Italian contemporary artist."

These DIEGO artworks were from the personal collection of my mom and dad, known to be the largest DIEGO collection in the world at that time (Dr. Ogden Brown). Still today, these two paintings have not been found or discovered.

"The Gypsy" ca. 19" x 15", oil on canvas
"Group of Fisherman" ca. 32" x 24", oil on canvas
To see the images in beautiful color click on the link: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page3.html#73

Any information of the whereabouts, please contact me, see information below.
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2 years ago
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Here is our Clown........On the bill of sale...:The Sad Clown"...#764....price $110.00 Purchased 8-3-1973.....

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ANOTHER STOLEN DIEGO VOCI PAINTING

The last time I saw my all-time personal favorite DIEGO painting, was about 1974 in Boulder, Colorado. This photograph taken before I went to Norway, shows the painting displayed on the wall above me sitting on the couch. About 1975, my parents moved to a new home . The movers packed it and put it on the moving truck. In the days following while unpacking it never appeared.



In 1973, I curated a one man exhibition at the famous Broadmoor Resort for DIEGO Voci, his first ever in the United States http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting- of-the-week-5154118/Page3.html#74. He stayed as a guest in our home. That's when DIEGO designed and sewed the beautiful gold brocade dress for me and my sister Lynda http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history- 4330818/Page3.html#76; where he sat on the floor making drawings; and where he cooked Italian cuisine for us. He was a charming man, a great guest and an artist supreme. My father Dr. Ogden Brown deceased, had been buying DIEGO paintings since the late 60's. He had accumulated the largest collection of DIEGO art works known at the time. Now spread out to various members of the family.

Please get a good look at the full image of my painting now posted on DIEGO Voci (ADV), the single most viewed site on AC, http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio- diego-voci-3984818/Page9.html#248 and on Facebook.

If you have any clue where it is, please <phone> . Even after 40 years, I do miss it. It breaks my heart when I think about it. I look forward to the day it is returned.
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DIEGO SIGNATURES

As DIEGO's work evolved over his career so did his signatures!


Pre-1957: There is no physical evidence discovered yet for signatures nor any art works of any kind from childhood until those gift drawings in the possession of Anthony Voci, Diego's nephew which were signed "D Voci 1957"


1962-1965: Schlossgalerie works signed "A. Voci", advertised as "Antonio Voci" (No Diego).

1962-1965: Works submitted to other than Schlossgalerie, such as Globart in Milano, Officer's Club Aviano Air Base, etc. mostly "D. Voci".



1965-1985: Naffouj Galerie, Landstuhl, Germany made a 5 year agreement under which the "Diego" signature came into prominence on his art. He was advertised as "Antonio Diego" dropping the Voci name. After the Naffouj agreements expired, the "Diego" signature continued to adorn the majority of works for the remaining 15 years of Diego's life.


1965-1985: Works that were sold outside of the Naffouj and Dahms agreements were mostly signed some form of Voci: "A. Voci", "D. Voci", and "Diego Voci".
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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

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