Tereza (Terry) Haass is born in Cesky Tesin (Czechoslovakia) in 1923. She flees her country and Nazism in the late 30s. She studies art and art history in Paris until her departure for New York in 1941; the young woman receives a scholarship from the Art Students League. She lives in New York until 1951, incorporating (from 1946) the Atelier 17 of Stanley William Hayter, where she works with Will Barnet, Zadkine or Calder. Terry Haass takes the direction of the Atelier 17 in New York in 1950, also teaches graphic arts at Brooklyn College and New York City College. She meets many personalities of modern art: Joan Miró, André Masson, Yves Tanguy, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and many others.
After being awarded a Fulbright foundations and Woolley scholarship for the study of printmaking, she joins Paris in 1951, where she begins her research at the famous Atelier Lacourière& Frélaut and works in a plethora of artists including Miró, Chagall, Masson and Picasso. She befriends Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman whose works and personalities influence her, the couple encourages her to travel in Northern Europe and the discovery of this new morphology of landscapes bathed in a different light constantly inspires her work.
Meanwhile, Terry Haass studies Mesopotamian archeology at the School of Louvre and graduates in archaeology. As such, she participates for several years (1954-1969) in major archaeological excavations in the Middle East (Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran). Finding another source of inspiration and reasons, this “facet” of her activity takes a capital importance in her art and her philosophy of art that build her own personal way.
In the 60s, influenced by the theories of Albert Einstein, the artist concentrates her attention to the notions of space and time, then she creates graphic works taut lines of gravitational forces. Terry Haass obtains French nationality in 1963 and becomes a technical assistant at the CNRS until 1971, when she decides to devote herself entirely to art (painting, printmaking, sculpture). From 1975, her exhibition “Homage to Albert Einstein” travels for four years in France and across Europe. In 1979, Terry Haass receives the first prize for interior design of the Cultural Center and Library of Bochum (FRG) and the artist imagines her first sculptures in steel. Terry Haass produces monotypes (1975-1985), collages and screenprints (from 1993), participates in the adventure of the modern illustrated book, creates many large sculptures In the 90s, music (especially the compositions of Czech composer Leos Janacek) becomes a new source of inspiration and visualization.
After exiling to the United States and France, Terry Haass returns to her homeland in the 90s, a country she has left more than 50 years ago. Undeniably, Terry Haass is part of the exceptional modern writers, and her mastery of the technique of etching is particularly admirable. Work on light, time and space. Although sometimes described as abstract, the multidisciplinary art of Terry Haass is bathed in a great spirituality. Artist coherent with a peculiar career, Terry Haass lived and worked in Paris. She disappeared in March 2016.