Thursday, April 21, 2011
Pablo Amaringo - psychedelic painter
Pablo Amaringo was born in 1943 in Puerto Libertad, in the Peruvian Amazon. He was ten years old when he first took ayahuasca - a visionary brew used in shamanism, made from the plants Banisteriopsis caapi (yagé) and Psychotria viridis (chacruna). A severe heart illness--and the magical treatment of this via ayahuasca--led Pablo toward the life of a shaman, and he eventually became a powerful curandero--learning the icaros, or healing songs, that the ayahuasca brew taught him.
In 1977, Pablo abandoned his vocation as a shaman. He became a painter and art instructor at his Usko-Ayar school, where there was no charge for the students to learn painting from Pablo.
Pablo painted and described numerous of his ayahuasca visions, some of which appear in his book Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman. Before he passed away, he was working on paintings of angels, as well as paintings that documented the flora and fauna of Peru.
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