World-renowned Japanese-American artist, Masami Teraoka, combines elements of western culture and Japanese artistic style within his artwork. Although his subject matter, style, and influences have shifted throughout his life, Teraoka’s work is rooted in his Japanese heritage.
Born in Onomichi, Japan, in 1936, Teraoka immigrated to the United States at the age of 25. Teraoka attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and his Masters of Fine Arts.
Early works in the artist’s repertoire, such as those in the Escalette Collection of Art, address the issue of cultural globalization through the mixing of traditions. Influenced by Japanese ukiuo-e wood cut prints, these works amalgamate western objects into a traditional Japanese setting. Blending fantasy with reality, Teraoka used conventional Kabuki Theatre characters to act out his elaborate scenes.