Samuel Ruiz was born in Argentina in 1957 and lived in Puerto Rico between 2005 and 2014. He studied Art in Colombia and Europe with several notable artists including: Mario Bustamante, Colombia (1976); Rodolfo Abularach, Guatemala; Marcos Irizarry, Colombia (1983); Manuel Avillon, Spain (1985); and Juan Valladares, Paris (1988), among others. Through his 29-year career as a professional artist, he has presented various individual exhibitions in Colombia, United States, Germany, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and the Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi). He has also participated in important collective exhibitions such as the International Fine Art, Antiques Fair, Abu Dhabi National Center (2007); VI Nominees Salon, Alzate Avendaña Prize (1989); Taiwan Biennial (1988); Fomento al Turismo- Colombia (1982), Salon del Desquite (Colombia 1983), Centro de Arte Actual (Colombia 1983), Candelaria Biennial (Colombia 1984), Ollantay Gallery (New York 1986), Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation (Colombia 1989), Galerie Rita Theiss (Germany 1993) and Banco Ganadero Gallery (Colombia 1994). In 1993 he won the First Place at the Salon del Desquite, Colombia. In 1987 he received the Alzate Avendaño Foundation Great August Art Show Mention and a Mention at the Taiwan Biennial.
Samuel’s work is based on a remodeled version of the human figure, which is removed from the natural model and the result of a free creative process.