I create contemporary narrative paintings focusing on compelling current and historical cultural issues. I was born and raised in Onomichi in the inland sea of Japan. Graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University/BA in aesthetics in 1959 and Otis Art Institute/BFA and MFA in painting, Los Angeles, California in 1968.
Focusing on social cultural issue in current and historical context I have created many series such as McDonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan, 31 Flavors Invading Japan - cultural pollution and Non-Smoking Series in the 70's, AIDS Series in the 80's and in the early 90's I began to investigate human sexuality issue in context of Catholic clergy sex abuse. The most current thematic series since the early 90's has evolved into an extensive but rich personal quest. Confessional Series and Cloisters Series are inspired by the extensive research that I had done in the 90's. Most current series is called The Cloisters Last Supper Series which addresses the Catholic Church the ancient institution's sexual ethics/celibacy v civil rights in the context of contemporary cultural climate and secular society.
Selected Solo Shows:
Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. New Port Harbor Art Museum, New Port Beach, CA. Ascending Chaos: Marierier af Masami Teraoka, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
Catharine Clark Gallery, San Fransisco, CA, http://www.cclarkgallery.com/, Samuel Freeman, Culver City, CA, www.samuelfreeman.com/ and New Albion Gallery, Sydney, Australia, www.newalbiongallery.com.
Publications: Waves and Plagues: The Art of Masami Teraoka
published 1988; Ascending Chaos: The Art of Masami Teraoka 1966 - 2006
published by the Chronicle Books in 2007; Masami Teraoka: The Cloisters Confessions
published by Samuel Freeman/Gallery, Santa Monica, California: Masami Teraoka: Cloning Eve and Geisha
by Lynda Hess (DVD 2004).