Joseph Rumi

B.A (UVic)


Areas of research:

  • Modern, Post-War& Contemporary Canadian, American & British Art


How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
They have been tremendously helpful and integral to my career as a fine art dealer specializing in Canadian, British and American works of art by masters of the 20th century.

Brief Biography
Joseph Rumi's passion for fine art was nurtured as a student at the University of Victoria where he majored in History in Art. During his studies, he gained hands on experience working for a local gallery and auction house.
Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in Art 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 and former ambassador to the United States of America. 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 found Rumi Galleries, a private collector based gallery specializing in Canadian, American and British art by 20th century masters. The gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada and a regular exhibitor at Art Toronto, Canada's premier international fine art fair. Joseph 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 the arts and his community. He is an Executive Director of the board of Oakville Galleries and former Chair of the fundraising committee, a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada marketing committee and is Chair of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Art Council. He annually attends the Super Cities MS Walk as a Team Captain and is involved with several art related charities.


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