b. 1964, Brooklyn, New York

After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry Miura headed out to New York City to pay his dues. He began his career as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few.

In between illustration assignments he painted and exhibited cityscapes, and continued his transition to becoming a full time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996.

Miura’s evocative tonalist landscapes explore the relationship between memory, emotions, and identity. "Although they're still very much representational," says Miura, "they're not about specific locations. Well, actually they are, but the locations are found in my and the viewer's memories. Not out there in the physical world. 

With atmosphere, mood, and abstraction as driving characteristics of his work, Miura has, more recently been revisiting the complexities of the cityscape as a major part of his repertoire. Urban Aria, his latest solo exhibition at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco, illustrates his mastery in this genre.

Emotion and abstraction carries over to his figurative works. It is in this genre that Miura finds most personal expression: “In painting the figure, I allow myself to get lost in the process and take more risks. Only by deconstructing the representational and the objective, am I able to tap into the more subconscious, intuitive voice which for me, is at once elusive and authentic.”

Solo Exhibitions  

2011 | Urban Aria | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

2009 Back to the City | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

2007 Backroads | Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA 

2006 Beyond the California Sky | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

2005 | 30 Days In Umbria | Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA

A New Path | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Arcadia | Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA

Metropolis | Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA
Homage | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA 

New York | 2237 Gallery | Sacramento, CA
Midtown | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

1998 Andante | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA 

1997 Urban Passages | Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

1995 | Venezia | Murakami Gallery | New York City, NY

1993 | Shades of Gray | Aquarelle | New York City, NY 

"Artist to Watch" | Southwest Art | March 2008
"Visual Poetry" | Southwest Art | November 2006  
"Miura on the Wall" | Hemispheres | November 2006  
"Painting from Memory" | Luxury Living | July 2006 
"Rising Stars" | Sacramento Magazine | March 2006
"Review of 'Arcadia'" | Sacramento Bee | May 2004
"Evocative Landscapes" | Art Talk | July 2004 
"Review of Metropolis" | Sacramento Bee | October 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions

Best of Show | Anne Irwin Gallery | Atlanta, GA
Best of Plein Air | LPAPA
Sonoma Plein Air | Sonoma, CA

Homing | Anne Loucks Gallery | Glencoe, IL
Sonoma Plein Air | Second Place Award | Sonoma, CA
Kevin Courter and Terry Miura: Two Painters of Northern California | Holton Studio | Emeryville, CA

Vanishing Barns | Anne Irwin Gallery | Atlanta, GA  
Napa Valley Art Festival | Artists’ Choice Award | Waterways | Knowlton Gallery | Lodi, CA

Carmel Art Festival | Jennifer Hill Award
Painter’s Eden | Christopher Queen Gallery | Duncans Mills, CA | First Place Award & Artists’ Choice Award
Anne Loucks Gallery | Glencoe, IL

Less Is More | LPAPA First Place Award 
San Luis Obispo Plein Air | Artists’ Choice Award
Sonoma Plein Air | Sonoma, CA 
Carmel Art Festival | Honorable Mention  
Northern Views | Napa Valley Museum Biennial | Artists’ Choice Award 

Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA  
Anne Loucks Gallery | Glencoe, IL
Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA 

J. Cacciola Gallery | New York City, NY 
Exploding Head Gallery | Sacramento, CA 
Thomas Reynolds Gallery | San Francisco, CA

Public and Corporate Collections
The Smithsonian Institute | Washington, DC
The Crocker Art Museum | Sacramento, CA 
New School for Social Research | New York City, NY
Banana Republic | New York City, NY
Market Bar | San Francisco, CA