He was born in Osaka, Japan, February 10, 1925.
In 1950 he studied at the Art Institute of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art (Osaka Shiritsu Bijyutsukan Fusetsu Bijyutsu Kenkyu jo *), to prepare for entrance examinations to the Department of Western Painting at the Kyoto Municipal College of Art (Kyoto Shiritsu Daigaku Bijyutsu), which currently is called the Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto Shiritsu Daigaku Geijyutsu). In 1955 he joined the Gutai Group, a Japanese avant-garde art movement, until 1965 when he got married to Akira Kanayama. The couple moved into a house in the temple of Myo * ho * ji in Osaka, where the artist continues his artistic work.
On 3 December 2005 the artist died due to pneumonia.
Atsuko Tanaka - Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
Atsuko Tanaka - Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka
Atsuko Tanaka. The Art of Connecting - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
Atsuko Tanaka - EACC - Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellon de la Plana
Atsuko Tanaka - The Art of Connecting - Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Atsuko Tanaka - Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo
Atsuko Tanaka - paintings and drawings - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Atsuko Tanaka - Gallery HAM, Nagoya
Traces: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Works on Paper – 2005, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Electrifying Art - Atsuko Tanaka 1954-1968 - The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Gutai Retrospective, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka 1954-1968, Grey Art Gallery New York University, New York
Atsuko Tanaka: Paintings and Drawings 1980-2002, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Atsuko Tanaka, New Paintings 2002-2003, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
Atsuko Tanaka, Galerie im Tasixpalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Atsuko Tanaka in Kyoto, Mori Yu Gallery, Kyoto
Atsuko Tanaka: Circle, Circle, Circle, Gallery HAM, Nagoya