Ripley Auctions will offer a collection of nearly one hundred pieces of fine art collected by artist Ramon Shiva (1883-1963) and his wife Lee Anna. Ramon and Lee Anna’s heir and namesake, Lee Anna Halley and her husband Philip, have carefully stored the collection since Shiva’s death. These works have not been viewed in decades and most have never been offered for sale. The collection, as a whole, tells the story of a transition to Modernism in the 1920s and 1930s.
Born in Spain, Shiva moved to Chicago in 1913. He credited the New York Armory Show Exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute for redirecting his work toward a modernist, abstract style incorporating richly colored geometric shapes. Out of necessity during WW1, Ramon developed his own process for making pigments that lead to the creation of Shiva Artists Colors, the premier paint for artists of his era. Ramon’s vivid paints were chosen above worldwide applicants for the color palette on buildings at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, A Century of Progress. Artists would often trade their work for his paints which lead to his large collection of fine art. Many of these paintings are being offered in Ripley Auctions’ July 20th auction. Artists include Copeland Burg, Rudolph Weisenborn, Francis Chapin, Kathleen Gemberling Adkison, Arthur and Ernestine Osver, Edgar Rupprecht, Claude Bentley, Julio De Diego, Randall Davey, Alexander Katz, Karl Matternand Ted Schyler, Edgar Britton, Briggs Dyer.
Shiva moved to Santa Fe in 1946 where he joined a new and vibrant artist community. Additional fine art from this era is included in Ripley Auctions July 20th Session 2 auction, along with personal items from his home; Navajo rugs, kachinadolls, southwest and Native American art and sculpture.