Line and color to illuminate the hidden…


Iliad Terra was born in London, UK, and lives and works in Potomac, MD. He earned his Master’s in Architecture from the University of Maryland, and is currently an Associate Principal at IBI Group, a world-renowned architecture and design firm focused on AI-assisted design.  Iliad’s designs have won numerous awards of excellence in the Washington DC region.

In his recent work, Iliad’s designs increasingly have been exploring the idea of creating spaces and environments that tell stories. As part of this shift in his work, Iliad started creating two dimensional concepts and paintings, which have evolved in the past few years into the Mythoscape series.

From early childhood, drawing and painting has been an integral part of Iliad’s world as a way to explore, escape, and find meaning, and often to heal himself. Early on, Iliad had an intuitive ability to connect and see paintings appear to him as visions of fields of color and forms.  He would close his eyes and see complete paintings and narratives in his mind, and he would transpose them onto paper and canvas.

Over the past several years, it’s become compelling, almost a calling for Iliad to paint and create these visions on canvas as part of his Mythoscape series, still bringing forth the child-like intuitive wonder, albeit with a seasoned perspective and a deeper meditation, diving within himself to bring these paintings as gems to the surface.

At the same time, Iliad has traveled extensively throughout the world, from South Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa, to Europe and throughout the Americas, all of which has given his work a broad multi-cultural flavor. He has researched and explored diverse philosophies and cultures and religions, investigating paths and patterns underpinning our cities, cultures, and ultimately human civilizations. This experience has given Iliad a unique atmospheric aerial view of the human perspective to his paintings.


Iliad is a storyteller in pursuit of hidden meaning found in our everyday lives.  Each life’s story is an epic journey through multiple dimensions of being.  It is at once both mundane and sacred, ordinary and extraordinary.  The intersection of these stories are riveting to Iliad and he expresses them through a mixed media of languages.

His latest work will dive ever deeper into fractal spirals of consciousness while pursuing fluid forms and geometric patterns interwoven in every fiber of our world. 

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