Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Supernatural - Graham Hancock author, Pablo Amaringo artist


Pablo Amaringo was born in 1943 in Puerto Libertad, in the Peruvian Amazon region. He was 10 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. However, in 1977, Pablo abandoned his vocation as a shaman, and he is now a painter and painting teacher at his Usko-Ayar school, where there is no charge for the students to learn painting from Pablo.

Pablo has painted and described numerous ayahuasca visions, some of which have appeared in his book Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman. He is currently working on paintings of angels for a forthcoming book, as well as paintings that document the flora and fauna of Peru.

Pablo's painting school is entirely dependant on donations, which can be made directly to him via the address provided below. The school needs money for various bills. As well, paints, brushes, and other art supplies can be donated directly, sent via mail. Please clearly mark such donations as "gifts" so that no tax will have to be paid.

Book sales may be available through this web site in the future. Please check back. The original art depicted at this site is available for purchase. Click here to see 12 paintings that are currently available. Those interested should contact Pablo directly by phone: (011) 5161-573088, or write to:

Pablo Amaringo
J.R. Sanchez Cerro 465-467

If writing, please include a print-out from the web page of those specific pieces that you are interested in finding out purchase information for.

Some paintings are for sale via a United States representative. Please see http://guariadeosa.com/photos/pamaringo/paintingsforsale/

Other pieces of Pablo's art are available for viewing at http://www.egallery.com/artists/?id=34

Pablo also occasionally speaks about his life as a shaman and artist, and provides art instruction, at seminars and conferences. Events where Pablo has appeared or will appear include the Mind States conference in California, the Guaria de Osa Centre in Costa Rica, and the Ayahuasca Healing Retreat in Brazil. Click the links for more information on future appearances by Pablo.