Paul Riba (1912-1977) was a nationally known artist who painted in a realistic style often identified as Mafic Realism. He used unrelated objects arranged into still lifes. He is known also for his illustrations and his murals painted on many Cleveland buildings including the Garfield Memorial and the former Cleveland Auto Club. Riba graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute in 1936, where he often won prizes in the May Show exhibition each year. Riba became the head of the illustration department of the Art Institue in the 1950's and 60's, while he worked on freelance work from his home. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London and has been listed in Who's Who in American Art. After moving to West Palm Beach, Riba exhibited with Andrew Wyeth in a show in Naples, Florida.