Terada's work ranges widely from manga and novel illustrations to character design for games and anime.
Terada was born in 1963 in Okayama, Japan. He grew up immersed in rich Japanese manga culture since his childhood and found Moebius (Jean Giraud) and Katsuhiro Otomo in his adolescence. His unique pictorial style that combines expressions of lines and shadings from both Western and Asian comics conventions has won him a large fan base in Japan and abroad alike. His major works include Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King) Vol.1 and Terada Katsuya Presents – Rakuda Ga Warau (manga); Virtua Fighter Series and Busin 0 (video game character and world design); and Yatterman and Kamen Rider (TV/film character design). In 2013, Kyoto International Manga Museum held the exhibition Katsuya Terada TEN – 10 Year Retrospective, a comprehensive retrospective of his work up to that point. He has also been holding solo exhibitions on the West Coast of the United States in the past few years. Terada’s artbook DRAGON GIRL & MONKEY KING: The Art of Katsuya Terada (Dark House Comics) was published in the US in 2014.