Biography of Toshiko Tanaka
Toshiko's testimonies in NY and meeting at the U.N. (photo by P.Saviano)
1938 Born in Hiroshima. Survived the atomic bomb in 1945 at the age of six. 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 based on a story of a Hiroshima survivor.
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. Featured and made the cover of the "Glass on Metal" Magazine.
2000 Lead a group of Japanese enamelists to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Ten) to attend the International confrerence and exhibition of works.
Since2007 Made two round world voyages on Peace Boat and visited about 50 countries for international and art exchange. Started series of peace activities in 2009.
2010 Held a personal exhibition at the Ginza gallery of Ando Cloisonne.
Start to participate in a series of projects of Hibakusha Stories, a NY based NPO, and actively involved in peace education effots at highshools throughout NY.
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation) produced a 40 minutes radio program based on their coverage in NY to introduce Tanaka's story and her activities.
2011 Met with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN at the UN headquarters.
2012 Jury of "UN Art for Peace 2012" an international art contest for young people sponsored by UN.
Present After winning prizes, becoming member, and works accepted by exhibitions representing Japan such as Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) and Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition, became a freelance enamel artist.
Board member of the Enamelist Society, an international enameling art organization.(for 3 years since 2000)
President of enameling group, Group Minori. Teaches at Chugoku Shinbun Culture School.
Collections 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.
Awards 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.
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)