Born in Onomichi, Japan, Masami Teraoka moved to Los Angeles where he received his MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1968. Early works featuring imagery inspired by 19th Century woodblock prints and paintings established Teraoka's career. In fact, many of his prints involved Japanese artisans who carved woodblcks and published using the traditional woodblock printing techniques. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Significant museum exhibits include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Chicumagawa Highway Museum, Obuse, Japan; Fredericks Bastion, Copenhagen Denmark; and Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.
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