Kaneko has been hailed as one of the leading ceramics sculptors of the 20th century. He left Japan and attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California in 1964. Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos are among the prominent ceramic artists whom Kaneko studied under at various institutions throughout the United States. Works by this artist can be found in numerous museums throughout the United States and Japan. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Crafts Museum in New York and museum collections in his native Japan are just a few of the places where Kaneko?s work has been exhibited.