Athena Tacha was born in Larissa, Greece in 1936. She studied sculpture and received her MFA in 1959 from the National Academy of Fine Arts. She then taught at the Alliance Française. She then went to the United States to study art history and to obtain her MA from Oblerin College in Ohio. In 1961 she obtained a fellowship for a Ph.D and studied art history and asethetics at Sorbonne University of Paris. in 1967 her first art history book was published. She has traveled extensively for her artwork.