Artemio Tadena was born on December 6, 1939 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. He finished elementary at Dumaguete West Central School, high school at East Visayas School of Arts and Trade, and college at Foundation University where he earned his A.B. in English in 1965 and law degree in 1975 with honors. He passed the Bar in 1977.
In 1964 and 1969, he was a writing fellow at the Asia PEN/ Ford-sponsored Summer National Writers' Workshop at Silliman University. In 1971, he was a fellow at the UP Writers' Summer Workshop in Cebu City. He also enrolled in 1970 at Silliman U under the M.A. Creative Writing program. He taught English and literature at Foundation U from 1965. He also served as Chairman of the Dramatic Guild, head of the Office of Publications and Research, Chairman of the board of editors of the faculty quarterly Horizons Unlimited, and head of the English Department. He also founded Eklectika, Foundation U's literary annual. This university also honored him as its Most Outstanding Alumnus in 1975. At the time of his death on December 5, 1977, he was head of the English Department, Foundation University, in Dumaguete. He was married to Gemma Racoma.
A multi-awarded poet, Tadena's works include Poems/ Volume One (1968),Northward into Noon (1969), The Edge of the Wind (1972), The Bloodied Envelope (1973), and Identities (1974).