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Pablo Amaringo

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Pablo Cesar Amaringo Shuña 1938 – 16 November 2009 was an acclaimed Peruvian artist, renowned for his intricate, colourful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew ayahuasca He was first brought to the West's attention by Dennis McKenna and Luis Eduardo Luna, who met Pablo in Pucallpa while traveling during work on an ethnobotanical project Pablo worked as a vegetalista, a shaman in the mestizo tradition of healing, for many years; up to his death, he painted, helped run the Usko-Ayar school of painting, and supervised ayahuasca retreats

Amaringo was born the seventh of thirteen children in 1943 in Puerto Libertad, a small settlement on the banks of a tributary of the Ucayali River When Amaringo was a boy, his family were reduced to extreme poverty after some years of relative prosperity As a result, they moved to Pucallpa where Amaringo attended school for just two years before he was forced to find work to help support the family When he was 17 Amaringo became extremely ill, nearly dying from severe heart problems For over two years he could not work He believes he was eventually cured due to a local healer

It was while recovering from this illness that he started to draw and paint for the first time Amaringo began making drawings with pencil and shading with soot from lamps From a friend employed in a car factory he got permatex, a blue substance with which he coloured the drawings He had no money for paper so he used cardboard boxes Sometimes he took a little lipstick and other cosmetics from his sisters Later he used ink, watercolours and then a friend gave him six tubes of oil paint

Soon Amaringo began to make money from portraits, but lost his market when photographers began to colour black-green-and-white prints With the discovery of his new artistic talent Amaringo's career as a healer also received exposure for all wonderful things For seven years, 1970–76, he travelled extensively in the region acting as a traditional healer Until one fatal day when he couldn't heal any more because he cared more about art than his fellows around him

When Luna and McKenna met Amaringo in 1985 he was living in poverty, barely surviving by teaching English to young people from his home and selling the odd painting to passing tourists Luna suggested he paint some of his visions, a project which became the basis of a co-authored book, Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman North Atlantic Books 1999

Amaringo occasionally gave interviews in the years following the book's publication, and later penned the preface for Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul Destiny Books 2006 His artwork was featured in Graham Hancock's book "Supernatural" Amaringo also appeared in The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms 2010, Michael Wiese's documentary film about ayahuasca

After a protracted illness, Amaringo died on 16 November 2009


  • 1 Pablo C Amaringo's Work in Popular Culture
    • 11 Film
    • 12 Books
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References

Pablo C Amaringo's Work in Popular Culture


Pablo's work can be seen in the documentary film "Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift" which is part of a film series on shamanism, wisdom, consciousness and the medicinal plant Ayahuasca entitled The Path of the Sun


Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman by Luis Eduardo Luna

See also

  • Alex Grey
  • Guillermo Arévalo
  • Manuel Córdova-Rios


  1. ^ Lafosse, Lucy Ángulo 27 November 2009 "Pablo Amaringo: "Yo voy a volver"" Generaccion 
  2. ^ "Erowid Character Vaults: Pablo Amaringo" Erowid Retrieved 31 October 2010 
  3. ^ Amaringo, Pablo "Ayahuasca Visions" Scribd Retrieved 31 October 2010 
  4. ^ "The Path of the Sun" 
  5. ^ Luna, Luis 1999 Ayahuasca Visions US: North Atlantic p 160 ISBN 978-1556433115 
  6. ^ Tribune, Chicago "Rare 'Inner Visions' exhibit attracts world-renowned experts to NWI" Retrieved 2016-06-27 
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  • Pablo Amaringo at Erowid
  • Pablo Amaringo on IMDb

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