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.