Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spotlight: Pablo Amaringo

Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo created fantastic, spiritual artworks. All of his images came to him from the influence of the ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink that leads to psychedelic trances. The drink itself is popular in Eduador, Bolivia, and Peru, and was first developed because of it's healing properties of the Colombian natives who lived in the Amazon Rainforest.

Amaringo first had a drink of ayahuasca when he was ten years old. In his late teens, he became very ill and turned to artwork as a way of healing. After being healed from a shaman, Amaringo pursued shamanism, becoming a medicine man, and one who learned the secrets of creating the special brew. In 1977, Amaringo gave up shamanism to pursue art, teaching himself how to paint, and taking on any students who wanted to learn as well.

Amaringo passed away in 2009, but his work is featured in many folk art museums around the world.
You can learn more about Pablo Amaringo at this website. You can learn more about the Ayahuasca drink here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the posting about Pablo Amaringo. You can see the exquisite paintings from the new book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' at