Rumi Galleries is the largest historical and contemporary Canadian art gallery in Oakville. Founded in 2007, the galleries focus is divided between its inventory of Canadian, American and European artists of the 20th century and its representation of Canadian contemporary artists of different generations. Work in all media can be found at the gallery including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and printmaking. The gallery continues to develop its exhibition program with the introduction of new Canadian artists, curating exhibitions of 20th century pieces held in inventory and exhibiting at international art fairs. The gallery exhibits annually at Art Toronto and is committed to developing future exhibitions of Canadian art abroad.
Rumi Galleries is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.
JOSEPH RUMI, B.A., M.A.
Joseph Rumi's passion for fine art was nurtured as a student at the University of Victoria where he majored in Art History. During his studies, he gained hands on experience working for West End Gallery Ltd and a local auction house.
Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and was accepted by Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, England to pursue a Masters in Art Business. He completed his MA thesis The External Influence of Collectors and Auction Houses on the Canadian Art Market in Toronto and was supervised by David P. Silcox C.M., President of Sotheby's Canada. While conducting his research, Joseph traveled extensively and met with numerous art market professionals and a multitude of private collectors.
Upon completion of his MA, Joseph was offered a position at Sotheby's Canada in the Client Services Department and became Personal Assistant to Mr. Allan Gotlieb C.C., Chairman of Sotheby's Canada. At Sotheby's, Joseph's knowledge of the art market was enhanced through his interactions with private clients, art market professionals, and members of the advisory board.
In 2007 Joseph left Sotheby's Canada to become the President of Rumi Galleries. He is a consultant for many important private collections and continues to work closely with art market professionals.
In addition to his work, Joseph is dedicated to his community. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Art Dealers Association of Canada, a former Executive Member of the Board of Directors for Oakville Galleries and is the Founder and Chair of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Art Council for Halton Healthcare. Joseph also serves on the Art and Art History Program Advisory Committee for Sheridan Collage and is involved with several art related charities.