Art Brokerage: Ruben Ruiz Dominican Republic Artist: b. 1968. Ruben has had a unique interest in art and design since childhood. His uniqueness was born with him, he is a leap year baby, born on Feb. 29 in Moca, Dominican Republic. His uniqueness and creative passion started as a teenager when he experimented with different forms of painting and designed t-shirts. In 1986, Ruben chose to further his knowledge of art and began studies in the field at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo. He left his native land for the United States in 1993 and became a cosmetologist full time while still doing paintings for family and friends. Last year he decided to devote most of his time to art and began participating in several collective exhibits with the Staten Island Creative Community. Ruben exhibited his first one man art show at the LGBT center.