Fair and Programme Director
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 ArtBAB as the flagship project of her art investment and advisory company Art Select as a business module to project the unique narrative of contemporary Bahraini art. The show is held annually Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women , an active patron of culture and arts.
ArtBAB is supported by Tamkeen, the government’s agency for change management and development of Bahraini human resources. The Fair has created a network of alliances with established and recognized individuals and groups in the art world, sharing values and showcasing contemporary art and the culture it represents in its best form.
Since its first show in 2015, ArtBAB has taken Bahraini art to the world and raised its visibility as well as its monetary value. By the time of ArtBAB 2018, there was a 40% increase in the value of Bahraini art sold at the show and a general increase in the price of Bahraini canvases and sculpture.