Abstract Painting by Etta Cien
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Etta Benjamin (1924-2009), also known as Etta Riva, Etta Estacien and Etta Cien Benjamin, was a business woman, vaudeville stage audio and lighting expert and an accomplished modern artist.
Benjamin was was born Estacien Perkins in St. Louis, Missouri, to Ida née ? and Nat Perkins, who were of Polish/Russian decent. She met her future husband Le Roy Benjamin, a marionettist, on a blind date, and they married in 1946.
Etta managed the behind-the-scenes audio and lights production for the Le Roy Brothers Marionettes (1939-1955) and vaudeville acts. The marionettes included life-like comedians and actors: humorous Danny Thomas, Jimmy Durante performing with piano, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis; and drummer Gene Krupa.
After the birth of their son, the Benjamin family moved to Hollywood and opened a framing store and art gallery, "Hillside House of Originals", selling their own sculptures and paintings. The business became wholesale, selling the Benjamins' art work to other stores, and then expanded to include home furnishings and other artists' work, imported and local, with showrooms in major metropolitan cities. The business lasted until the 1970's. The Benjamins then converted their art studio building into a production studio called the Burbank Media Center, which they rented to Black Entertainment Television (BET) for over 10 years.
Benjamin's mid-century modern style artwork has become very collectible.
The piece measures a majestic 44 x 32. Can be hung vertically or horizontally.
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