Although Dutch by birth, having been born in the town of Oirschot in 1917, Piet Teraa would spend much of his life in Belgium. He would become both a painter and a ceramicist but would not commence his career until after World War II.
He had earlier taken art lessons under the guidance of Anton Kruysen and Jan Schouten but in 1947 received his first serious artistic training when he enrolled at the Grand Chaumiere art school in Paris. Shortly after he moved to the town of Mol in the Kempen area of Belgium and the home of Jacob Smits who would prove to be valuable mentor to the young artist. His early work was more modernist in feeling but by the late 1950’s he was concentrating on his abstract compositions. During the 1960s he ceased painting to work exclusively on his ceramic work.
Works by Piet Teraa were acquired for the Flemish Communal collection in 1986. He died in the French town of La Rochelle in 1996.