Driven by her passion for contemporary art as a consultant, collector and curator, Kaneka founded Art Select in 2008. With her decades of worldwide experience, curating over 60 art exhibitions across four continents, and her network of global contacts in the art world, she created and established the kingdom’s first international art fair, Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), to make Bahrain a focal point for art in the region. Since its inauguration in 2015, ArtBAB has grown exponentially and has been a commercial success with over $2.7 million of art sales in Bahrain over the past four years.
As well as establishing forward-thinking platforms promoting the growth of art in Bahrain, Kaneka has also pioneered many initiatives and collaborations in different countries, such as the International Artists Program and Residency Unlimited, dedicated to building bridges between the wealth of local artistic talent in Bahrain and the rest of the world.
Through Kaneka’s strategic vision and direction for Art Select, Bahraini artists are now firmly positioned and connected to galleries, collectors and art enthusiasts across the globe, and have exhibited in some of the most well-respected and prestigious art destinations; from the Grand Palais in Paris to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Singapore. Her influence, vision and leadership has seen Art Select naturally expand into offering services in design, marketing and communications and events across multiple sectors.