Terry Matsuoka

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 Artist’s Biography



San Diego State University- Bachelor of Arts:  Fine Arts- painting, printmaking and photography


Terry Matsuoka’s formal schooling is as a visual artist.  He studied painting at San Diego State University under reknowned artists Janet Cooling, Richard Baker and Gail Roberts.  Matsuoka began painting figurative works with an emphasis on concept and formal matters.  His subject matter concentrated on everyday tacit mundane situations that Americans experience that are unique to contemporary life.  To make his commentary on these situations, he drew on art history in the way of Baroque and Pop Art references.  


Since this time, Matsuoka has also been doing commissioned fine art and also commercial projects.  He has shown his work at Central Saint Martins in London, Art Around Adams, the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego State University, and Sony ArtWalk.


He has always been influenced by figurative artists like Edgar Degas, Eduoard Manet and Wayne Thiebaud.  Lately, Matsuoka has been growing increasingly interested in “low-brow” and Pop-Art styles and artists such as Audrey Kawasaki, Banksy, Mark Ryden and Jean-Michel Basquiat.  His latest work reflects this with more whimsical subject matter and visually dynamic compositions.


Matsuoka has taught art for 11 years at the Army and Navy Academy and Mira Costa College.


To commission or the purchase work of Terry Matsuoka, please contact the artist at .  You can also hire Terry to do live art at your event.









Solo Shows


"The Figure",  Kadan- Art Around Adams

"Handmade", Glashaus Gallery



Selected Group Shows


"Still Wet", University Art Gallery at San Diego State University

"Student Aspirations"

San Diego Art Institute

"Common Ground", San Diego Asian Film Festival

"Basic Tuesdays by Thumbprint Gallery", Bar Basic






Common Ground

art show of the San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego, California

2008- 2012


Crunchy Sandwich and Silk Road Artshow

Ray at Night

San Diego, California




Membership, Awards and Honors


Toms artist collective


2011- present


San Diego Art Institute

San Diego, California