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Masami Teraoka
Attended Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles


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I actually had finished this triptych's opened panels c. 2004 - 6. Then a few years later I finally completed the back side panels of The Cloisters/Venus and Pope's Workout c. 2009.  The Last Supper/Inversion of The Sacred was in progress c. 2004. I did the research re how Da Vinci's pulley system worked. Then eventually I was able to figure out my own pulley system so that I could lift and hang the heavy panels of the top portion all by myself.
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I used to start a triptych painting on smoothly sanded Gessoed panels. But eventually I decided to paint after the panels were mounted in gold leaf frames. This way had helped me see the tones and values as well as how the composition evolved. The Last Supper/Eve and Giant Squid Hunters (center) and The Last Supper/Inversion of The Sacred (right) are in progress. c. 2007.

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The Cloisters/Arrezo Converters. Oil and gold leaf on panel in gold leaf frame | 60 x 64 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches | 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………… Bridging Life and Art. with Mike Foldes, Founder and Managing Editor. Ragazine: Thank you very much for agreeing to this e-interview, ...
artist/contemporary narrative painting
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.


Gallery Representations:
Catharine Clark Gallery, San Fransisco, CA,, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA,

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).

  • Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
    BFA & MFA in painting, 1964 - 1968
  • Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
    BA in aesthetics, 1954 - 1959
Artist/Contemporary Narrative Painter
Painting, drawing and 3 dimentional work
  • Artist, 1966 - present
  • Masami Teraoka Studio
    Artist/painter, 1966 - present
    Creating a contemporary narrative painting is my passion. Compelling issues such as AIDS epidemic and Catholic clergy sex abuse are the more recent challenging subject matters that had inspired me. I graduated from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and had also graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan have helped me define my own vocabularies. If social and cultural issues are compelling, that opens up a challenge for me. I grew up in Onomicji, Hiroshima ken in the inland sea, Japan. Ever since I was perhaps four or five years old, I had been drawing or panting. I became an American citizen in 1986. I professionally continue to create my work since 1966 until today. Cheers!
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January 13, 1936