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Terasaki was born in Los Angeles in 1931. During his early years, he and his family were forcably relocated to the Gila River Relocation Camp in Arizona, as part of the US government’s internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. George Terasaki studied art, first at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at Cooper Union in New York. As an artist Terasaki began to acquire early artworks from cultural groups of North America, and by the 1970s he had begun to build his reputation as a dealer, eventually becoming a well known dealer of indigenous works, in New York City. In 2006 Terasaki published a book on his collection titled "Transfigurations: North Pacific Coast Art".

Born: 1931
Died: 2010