JACQUES TERZIAN was born in 1921 in Fresno, California where he was raised, along with his brothers and sisters, the son of Armenian immigrants who'd fled Armenia during massacres by the Ottoman Turks.
As a very young man, Jacques learned to weld at the Navy yard in Richmond CA, and transferred to the Hunters Point Shipyard to help repair destroyers, cruisers and submarines that had been damaged at Pearl Harbor. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air force and was trained and served as a bombardier navigator. After the war, the G.I. Bill gave him the opportunity
to attend college, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and pursuing graduate studies at Parsons School of
Design in New York City. In 1951 he returned to the Bay Area to work as an interior designer on both
residential and commercial projects.
Beginning in 1974, Jacques established "Patterns Ltd." which designed, fabricated and installed a broad range of 'found object' industrial detritus-based art, from custom furniture to large-scale sculpture. He now has installations throughout the United States including numerous commercial sites and private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Dallas, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.
His life has revolved around art and opera. Since 1991 he has explored multiple art media, focusing on welded found-metal sculpture and wood tool and dye pattern-based wall sculpture. He has exhibited annually as a participant in the San Francisco Open Studios.