“Supporting the Ismaili Artist Community is enormously valuable to me. I wanted to create a platform that I wish I had when I was an aspiring artist…Students in high school and college who are interested in the arts can also apply for internships at Artany within the department of graphic design, marketing, content creation, website management, and business development. In order to provide internships, we have now collaborated with the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad” — Taniya Dharani, Founder, Artany Art Gallery and Advisory
By ARTANY ART GALLERY AND ADVISORY
(Special to Simerg)
“Supporting the Ismaili Artist Community is enormously valuable to me. I wanted to create a platform that I wish I had when I was an aspiring artist,” says Taniya Dharani, founder of Artany Art Gallery and Advisory (AAGA).
A digital gallery space and art consultancy, AAGA focuses on emerging Ismaili artists with a global audience and specializes in contemporary art. The artistic narratives and skills of up-and-coming artists from various multicultural origins are artistically rendered by Artany. Along with supporting the Ismaili artistic community, we mentor them and aim to elucidate their work on a global scale.
How did she find her way into the artistic world?
Taniya explains: “Without the support of their family, friends, and loved ones, I don’t believe anyone can become a practicing professional artist. I consider myself fortunate to have a family who supports what I do, has faith in my artistic and entrepreneurial approach, and is very understanding of my development.”
Having thus found a way to build a solid platform, AAGA now seeks to encourage both the global emerging artist community and the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
Taniya obtained a Master’s degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London with an emphasis on establishing a platform for commercial as well as aesthetic promotion, encouragement, and instruction of up-and-coming artists. Having come from a diverse and cosmopolitan background, Taniya seeks to use her vast knowledge and professional experience to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. She is able to interact effectively and appropriately with a wide range of stakeholders due to her bilingual skills and understanding of both Far Eastern and Western cultures, including those of India, Namibia, and England.
Taniya grew aware of the necessity for a mentor and a platform for the encouragement of artists. After identifying a market gap, she made the decision to further her education by enrolling in the “Fundamentals of the Gallery Business” programme at the Sotheby’s Institute in Manhattan, New York, followed by a Masters in Art Business from the same Institute in London, England.
Her goal and objective is to make sure Artany’s team is in tune with both the contemporary and diverse Ismaili community and the larger world of artists.
Today, Artany offers a portfolio of art investment collections that include original works by Ismail Gulgee, limited-edition “Ashtavinayak” serigraphs by Maqbool Fida Husain, and authentic Vaikuntham Thota.
The gallery continues to expand with works by Aquil Virani of Toronto, up-and-coming artists Zainab Khuwaja and Nizar Macojia from Texas, Dr. Mubarak Muhammad Ali from Pakistan, and Rukshana Hooda from India, to name a few. Their artistic styles of Islamic calligraphy, Sufi art, geometric patterns, realism, and contemporary are just a few of the several artistic genres they work in.
Students in high school and college who are interested in the arts can also apply for internships within Artany in the departments of graphic design, marketing, content creation, website management, and business development. In order to provide internships, we have now collaborated with the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad. We encourage Ismaili artists at all levels and of all ages to collaborate with Artany by either contacting Taniya Dharani or registering as an artist.
Date posted: January 24, 2023.
Taniya Dharani is founder of Artany Art Gallery and Advisory. She has worked as a contemporary artist, curator, and mentor for up-and-coming artists. She is a member of the associate team for the International Art Gallery at Global Encounters and is presently studying at the Bares Atelier in London to become a traditional classical realist artist. You can collaborate or sign up as an Artany artist, by clicking HERE. Please also visit Artany’s Gallery on Instagram.
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