Founder of ArtSelect
Art Consultant, collector, curator and keen watcher of contemporary art trends, Kaneka is self-taught in art – she is also much-respected internationally for her quick eye for talent and fine art and sought-after as a speaker in art show platforms around the world.
Kaneka launched Art Select in Bahrain in 2008, as a first step to realizing her vision of making Bahrain a focal point for art in the West Asian region and establish a forward thinking platform to promote the growth of art.
She set up Bahrain’s first Art Lounge then expanded to art consultation to include artists, collectors, families and corporate offices within the ambit of the arts. She organized a number of art shows across the country – with the present flagship ArtBAB art fair being a culmination that has undeniably widened the reach of Bahraini artists and increased the commercial value of Bahraini art by a stunning 195% from the time ArtBAB started in 2015 till 2018.
She is also a mentor for emerging artists and has established the ArtBAB International Artists Programme that takes Bahraini artists to different art zones around the world for exhibitions, interaction with their contemporaries there and exposure to world art trends and discussion that will add even more layers to their interpretation of their creativity.
Kaneka’s portfolio of organizing art exhibitions is impressive by any standards, 60 and counting. She began in 2005 with shows in Dubai, London, Oman and Doha and the outreach of the expositions was such that she was able to bring in many new buyers and collectors within the ambit of the arts. As an art investment expert, she not only learnt to wear different hats, but also carry them with great responsibility and aplomb.