Few people realize that Komaneka Resorts began as a gallery of fine art. In 1998, the founder of Komaneka — a son of Pande Suteja Neka, founder of the Neka Museum — created Komaneka Gallery on the Monkey Forest Road, dealing with only the best of contemporary Balinese and Indonesian art.
He built residential studios and invited top artists to come live and work there. But soon he found that visitors to Bali wanted to stay there, too. Before long, he upgraded the studios to create a small hotel, Komaneka at Monkey Forest, in a tropical garden with an infinity swimming pool.
In time, three other resorts were added: Komaneka at Tanggayuda, Komaneka at Bisma, and Komaneka at Rasa Sayang, with a fifth resort under construction on a beach in southeastern Bali. The Komaneka at Monkey Forest suites were recently completely renovated and two villas added.
Meanwhile Komaneka Fine Art Gallery thrived, and it is still one of the most important art galleries in Bali. The gallery is a large, handsome two-story building set back from the busy Monkey Forest Road in central Ubud.
Today its artists have reached national and international renown. Among the best known names are Pande Ketut Taman, Hanafi, Putu Sutawijaya, Wayan Sudarna Putra, Suklu, and Nyoman Erawan. One of the original artists was Nyoman Masradi, whose works have sold at auction for over a million dollars.