Every complex number has both a real part and an imaginary part, so one complex variable is two-dimensional and a pair of complex variables is four-dimensional. A tetraview is an attempt to give a picture of a four-dimensional object using a two-dimensional representation—either on a piece of paper or on a computer screen, showing a still picture consisting of five views, one in the center and one at each corner. This is roughly analogous to a picture of a three-dimensional object by giving a front view, a side view, and a view from above.
A picture of a three-dimensional object is a projection of that object from three dimensions into two dimensions. A tetraview is set of five projections, first from four dimensions into three dimensions, and then from three dimensions into two dimensions.
A complex function w = f(z), where z = a + bi and w = c + di are complex numbers, has a graph in four-space (four dimensional space) R4 consisting of all points (a, b, c, d) such that c + di = f(a + bi).
We project the four-dimensional graph onto the three-dimensional sphere along one of the four coordinate axes, and then give a two-dimensional picture of the resulting three-dimensional graph. This provides the four corner graph. The graph in the center is a similar picture "taken" from the point of view of the origin.