Czechoslovakian born artist Terry Haass moved to France as a teenager and then moved to New York. She studied at the Art Students’ League with Will Barnet and met classmate Robert Blackburn. She worked at New York’s Atelier 17 beginning in 1946 and helped direct it when founder and fellow artist Stanley William Hayter returned to Paris in 1950. During this time she taught graphics at the Brooklyn College and the New York City College.
In 1951, Haass received a Wooley Fellowship and a Fulbright Travel Grant and visited Norway. She eventually settled in Paris where she studied color intaglio printmaking.
Haass received her French citizenship in 1971 and was able to give all her energy and time to painting, printmaking and sculpting in plexiglas. Her work is represented in countless public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Institute, Cleveland Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale and the Israel National Museum.