Biography of Toshiko Tanaka

1938 Born in Hiroshima. (real first name: Katsuko, maiden last name: Hara)
1945 Survived the atomic bomb. (Married Michitoshi Tanaka in 1964 and have two children.)
1968 Studied enameling under tareutic enamelist Keiichi Saito for six years, and under metal artist Hiroaki Wakayama for ten years.
1977 Invented the new art of large mural enamel works combined with stainless steel, and start introducing series of works.
1981 A mural work was presented to Pope John Paul II by the mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Takeshi Araki. Lead a charity enamel exhibition in LA for the A-bomb survivors in U.S.A.
1985 Donated 400 copies of English translated books including "Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)", a Japanese manga(comic) based on a story of a Hiroshima survivor to schools throughout U.S.
1990 Invited to exhibit a pair of three dimentional works at the Japanese Government's pavillion of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka (Expo'90).
1992 Taught enameling at a summer workshop of the Department of fine arts of Washing State University. Works featured and made the cover of the "Glass on Metal" Magazine.
1999 Visited China as a member of U.S. based delegation to monitor Chinese enameling industry. Appointed as a board member of The Enamelist Society (an International organization of enamelists) as the first Japanese enamellist. (2000〜2003)
2000 Lead a group of Japanese enamelists to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Ten) to attend the International conference and exhibition of works.
2007 Made four round world voyages on Peace Boat and visited about 80 countries for international and art exchange. (2007〜)
2009 SStarted to share own story of atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Started to participate in a series of projects by Hibakusha Stories, a NY based NGO, and actively involved in peace and art education efforts at high schools and colleges in U.S.
2010 Held a personal exhibition at the Ginza gallery of Ando Cloisonne.
2011 Met with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN at the UN headquarter.

Lecturer of “Peace and Human rights” class at Hiroshima City University. (2012〜)
2012 Jury of "UN Art for Peace 2012" an international art contest for young people sponsored by UN.

Visited Chernobyl disaster site (Ukraine) and Belarus and met victims of the disaster.
2014 Mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Kazumi Matsui included Tanaka’s personal story in the Peace Declaration during the Peace Memorial Ceremony on Aug 6th .
2015 Invited by the city of Pisa, Italy, and awarded “12th Donne Per La Solidarieta” (an award for women who devoted for the International community).
2016 Established “Peace Exchange Space” (an International public space for peace and art exchange) in April reforming part of own house.
Awarded “18th International Exchange Award”(personal award) by Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund.
2017 ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons), which Tanaka has been involved with her testimonies and signature collection projects, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017.
A freelance enamel artist. Previously an affiliate member of the Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) with works selected 16 times for the exhibition. Also previously an official member of the Contemporary Crafts Exhibition.
owned by
The Holy See (Vatican City State)
Musee Municipal de Limoges (Limoges, France)
Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
W.W.Carpenter Enamel Foundation Museum (Bellevue, KT, U.S.A)
Hiroshima City Hall, Fuchu-cho Town Hall (Aki-gun, Hiroshima), and etc
Works presented to multiple VIPs including the former President of the United States, Mr. Jimmy Carter.
Received more than 20 awards including the Tokyo Governor's Prize form Japan International Enamel Exhibition, the Craft Award from the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Grand Prize from Hiroshima Prefectural Competition of Art.
Others Studied various fields of art at :

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Ten, U.S.A.), Art Students League of New York (NY, U.S.A.), San Diego State University's seminar (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.), Tokyo University of the Arts' summer school (4 years)