Our mission is to exhibit and promote artists throughout the world who produce exceptional artwork that stimulates both the cerebral and the emotional. We curate work that inspires our viewers to contemplate concepts about the artist, themselves, and our cumulative past and current human experience.
The support and awareness of our collectors has allowed RJD gallery to endow a portion of all proceeds to non-profit causes, including, but not limited to, The Retreat, The Southampton Animal Shelter, and Fountain House NYC.
Richard has been on the board of The Retreat, theretreatinc.org, since 2005, the Honorary Board of the SASF since 2013, and has assisted Fountain House, NYC, since the early 1990’s.
Richard possesses a tireless enthusiasm for life and set out on his own at 17. He worked nights driving a newspaper truck, and was educated at The University of California at Irvine, wherein he achieved a B.S. in Biology, teaching credentials, and ultimately entered their PhD program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. An exciting business opportunity arrived in 1974, and he found himself in the textile industry – where he would spend the next 30 years.
Prior to the RJD Gallery, Richard owned and operated a global textile and manufacturing business. He travelled extensively throughout the world, and acquired a vast collection of art and priceless experiences on his journeys. His firm was extremely active with a myriad of charities; including The Fashion Institute, AIDS LA and NYC, Fountain House/NYC, Joel Finkelstein Cancer research, UJA; and funded research in breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.
In 2003, he moved to Sag Harbor, NY and his commitment to charitable endeavors persisted. For 10 years, he has been a part of the board of The Retreat, an organization dedicated to ending family violence. He is also an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and has been involved with Fountain House, NYC, for many years. Other charity involvements have included The Animal Rescue Fund, East End Theater and Radio, breast cancer research, and local art and artists via The Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall membership.
Eve has been a student of the arts her entire life. She was raised in NYC and consumed with the fast paced lifestyle of her families’ women’s fashion company and travelled extensively throughout Europe, and was constantly exposed to art and design. She attended The Chapin School in NYC and after the untimely passing of her father, went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Vermont. During that time she also attended the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy where her passion for art was further realized.
The visual world has been her constant passion and after years in her families clothing business, Gianni Sport Ltd., working in design and production and as the Director of Marketing, she transitioned into interior decorating working at Cullman & Kravis and eventually, opening her own firm after moving to East Hampton, NY in 2005.
Since 2011, Eve has been the Director of the RJD Gallery, and is involved with all aspects of the business from artist selection and curating exhibitions to marketing and advertising.
She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, enjoys her active involvement with the galleries non-profit affiliations, and continues to seek and share the beauty in this world, with her daughter, family, friends and others.
Johanna Patrick grew up in a family of visual artists in the historic seaside community of Sag Harbor, NY. She started working with art galleries, design showrooms, and several print publications in the Hampton's before leaving to pursue her studies in design and metalworking at Alchimia: The Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Parma before returning to live and work again in her favorite city, Florence. There she was fortunate to work with Michelangelo Bastiani and the Florence Cultural Council as a liaison between Italian and American artists, and was also very proud to play a role in The Diana Baylon Foundation’s on going project to promote the legacy of female artists in Italy.
She recently returned to the Hampton's and is thrilled to join the team at RJD Gallery, where she is working to enhance their audience, further develop their virtual curation, and to seek out new and inspiring contemporary artists from around the globe.
In her free time, she continues to make jewelry, study art, pursue her higher sommelier certification, and to enjoy the incredible beauty of the East End of Long Island, NY.
Heather’s love for creative endeavors was a product of being raised by an artist and musician. As a child she explored and sampled various mediums and instruments, as well as reading and writing for pleasure.
One of four daughters made this household a busy artistic hub with crafts, performances, studying art, and music emanating routinely from an old farm house in Skaneateles, New York.
Heather was always curious and adventuresome from a very young age, and College proved to be equally broadening and she earned both a Master of Arts degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters in Education, and has been working as an educator and the Arts for some time.
Heather also worked in Washington, DC for Very Special Arts as a contract consultant. Later she was hired by The Department of Congress to work in HR and later still took a job at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf as a literature coordinator. Over the course of her career, Heather has taught diverse populations and continues to instruct across curriculum boundaries.
She describes herself as the eternal student with a never-ending passion for learning and the Arts.
The RJD Gallery couples her love for art and the joy of conversing with the very creative artists and interesting collectors that patronize the Gallery.
She is a standing member of the National Association of Professional Women and Who’s Who in American Education. Heather’s charitable associations include NPR, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Special Olympics and MusicUnites.
I'm very pleased with RJD Gallery. They care deeply about their artists and diligently work collaboratively to place artwork in notable collections and with collectors who love and appreciate quality fine art.
RJD Gallery has given me the opportunity to rise to the occasion and create the best work of my career thus far. RJD represents a talented and fiercely original roster of artists, which has motivated me to take my work to the next level. His advertising efforts have brought new collectorship and national attention to my work.
RJD Gallery works hard for the artist and its clients. Richard makes connections with museums that enhances the reputation of his stable of artists and strengthens the value of his clients' art collections. Richard has a great eye for quality. When I view the art that he exhibits it challenges me on so many levels. I always then head back to the studio filled with enthusiasm and ready to attack the next canvas.
Exhibiting my work at RJD Gallery has provided an opportunity to explore new ideas in paint. It’s vital that I continue to grow and delve even deeper into narratives that lie dormant in my psyche in hopes that viewers will be consciously or unconsciously swayed into their own hidden dreams and desires. Also, I am inspired my the other artists in the gallery. R J Demato supports a diverse group of talented painters that have fertile imaginations which can only help to keep mine active.
I am so happy to have been invited to show at RJD Gallery as a member of the gallery stable. They have been enormous in my burst in sales (beginning our relationship with an American Art Collector COVER), and I have enjoyed new exposure to areas where I have not exhibited in years! The clients are serious, and interesting, and ready to come with us 'magical realists' to wherever we go, no matter the terrain. This is so important in painting, and creating-- to have clients that allow us to worry not about how a sale will be made, but how a body of work will be most honest, and convey best the message the artist intends. I love the energy in this gallery!!
From the moment RJD Gallery and I began working together my career literally took off, and continues to blossom. They are aligned with my own values, are selectively and responsibly charitable, seek out and build relationships with loyal collectors, and through persistent efforts have negotiated and enabled multiple museum placements and purchases of my artwork. RJD Gallery lives and exceeds its mission, is devoutly committed to developing the success of their artists, and plays a pivotal role in bringing attention to their work on a national and international basis. This team is in a class all its own, and I am grateful to have a nurturing partner to share my ongoing journey with.
Since I began with the RJD Gallery I have been very happy with their consistency and professionalism. The team takes great pride in the art that they show and one can rest assured that you will be exposed to a wide band of exhibitions, writers, critics, and collectors.
They have been able to grow with the development of my work, and our relationship has only strengthened as my work has changed and grown. As an artist goes through their evolution a gallery must be willing to come along on that journey. RJD Gallery have done that with great efficiency and to our mutual success.
The only art dealer worth his "salt". He has a "perfect-eye", great taste and "market-fair" prices!.....
This is a progressive gallery with a very keen eye for the up and coming. They have a very strong stable of artists, and it is also an honest and straight talking gallery that is a joy to deal with. Herein lies an ideal relationship, of equal respect, between collector and gallery
RJD may not be the biggest art gallery, but it certainly stands out in its quality. Richard recognizes talent, has a great eye for high quality art and most of the artists he represents are noticed by museums. Apart from being a consummate businessman, Richard has a softer side, once he identifies the talent he supports his artists and makes sure that each becomes a success story. Richard as our art adviser has been an absolute pleasure to work with.
The artists represented by RJD are at the vanguard of living contemporary and magic realists. There is no better source for this work and they are excellent advisers to any collector seeking to acquire the work of these painters. We have used RJD extensively to provide a constant and exciting stream of cutting edge work and without them our collection would be the poorer for it.If an artist is represented by RJD, they are likely to have an exciting and successful future ahead. I watch RJD's artists' list carefully. It augurs the future.
RJD Gallery integrates strong patronage, philanthropy, community, and a strong dose of magic. Richard Demato is a true patron, tirelessly supporting, encouraging, and promoting the gallery’s representation of talented artists. A glimpse at Mr. Demato’s personal collection had me reduced to tears under the power of a Phillip Thomas painting, while an Andrea Kowch filled me with wonder. I’ve collected other of their wonderful artists that have caught the attention of prestigious periodicals such as the NY Times and American Art Collector. RJD Gallery openings serve two-fold as community events: they are often to benefit The Retreat (shelter for abused women), the Southampton Animal Shelter, or Fountain House; for Demato, philanthropy is not an option, and its driver, fine art, is not just a business, but a way of living.
Each piece we have acquired through the RJD gallery has been accompanied by an introduction to the artist, if not in person, than over the phone. It's evident that the artist and collector meeting, admittedly a rare but fortuitous opportunity, is valued by Richard in terms of a mutually satisfactory sale. And it does in fact leave the collector with a feeling of having made the right choice because you go away with not only a beautiful piece of work, but a sense of knowing the artist and a deeper understanding of the painting. This way it becomes a far more intimate and meaningful addition to one's home. Personally my husband and I have come to know Richard and his team, and thereby appreciate that his stable of artists are a family rather than a pay-cheque. His consideration and respect for their artistic process and them as people is enviable not to mention his tireless efforts to best market and represent their work. He is constantly on the look out for new talent, and famous for traveling to meet artists after seeing even the merest hint of their work featured in often obscure newspaper or magazine articles. Richard is a heaven send to any talented young artist who is lucky enough to catch his discerning eye, and to the collector a valued and trusted purveyor of contemporary works of art with a timeless value.