Access Institute | Spectrum Artist Spotlight: Masami Teraoka
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21 Sep Spectrum Artist Spotlight: Masami Teraoka

Artist Spotlight
Masami Teraoka
Masami Teraoka was born in 1936 in Onomichi, Japan. Teraoka received his BA in Aesthetics in Kobe, Japan at Kwansei Gakuin Universty before moving to Los Angeles in 1961, where he went on to receive his BFA and MFA from Otis Art Institute.
Teraoka is best known for his ukiyo-e influenced woodcuts and paintings. Many of his works explore social and political issues and the clash of American and Japanese cultures. During the 80s, Teraoka focused his work on the AIDS epidemic, highlighting prevention methods which were considered taboo at the time.
This year’s Spectrum gala will feature 31 Flavors Invading Japan from the Today’s Special Series. The thirty-five-color woodcut printed from hand-carved blocks of cherry wood with natural dyes and additional hand-coloring on handmade Hosho paper (Edition 360/500), seen below, demonstrates the influence of the Western world through the imposition of American fast food culture in Japan.
Masami Teraoka’s Select Works (1972-2002) from Private Collections were most recently exhibited at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.
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