Masami Teraoka was born in 1936 in Onomichi, Japan. He studied art at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan and at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. Teraoka mixes traditional ukiyo-e style elements with more contemporary issues of the day, such as the increasing reliance on Personal Computers and AIDS.
Best known for his paintings, Teraoka uses watercolors to “mimic woodblock prints”. He does, however have a limited number of works done by various printmaking techniques. The only true woodblock prints he has produced in the Ukiyo-e process are “31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today’s Special” (1982) and “Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven” (2001). In 1993, Teraoka collaborated with Tyler Graphics to produce four “Hawaii Snorkel Series”, combining western etching with contemporary Japanese woodblock techniques. Aside from the aforementioned, only a handful of lithographs and etchings have been completed by Teraoka in the print medium.