DescriptionEl Principio de la Vida This painting explores the mystical beginning of life which can be accessed through drinking ayahuasca. The upper portion of the painting signifies that life exists throughout the cosmos. Universes inside universes, stars, celestial bodies, and an incalculable number of smaller worlds like our own can be found in the cosmic plan.
For all this to come into being, spirits and the celestial hierarchy had to exist. The spirits are the creation of the Supreme Being, the totality of the dynamic energy which has always existed. Life has always existed therefore it must continue, it is eternal.
Details of original painting: Size: 57cm X 77cm / 22.4' X 30.3' Gouache on Arches paper
Pablo Amaringo Member Since November 2010 Artist StatementPablo Amaringo
Recognized as one of the world’s great visionary artists, Pablo Amaringo was renowned for his intricate, colorful paintings inspired by his shamanic visions. A master communicator of the ayahuasca experience--where snakes, jaguars, subterranean beings, celestial palaces, aliens, and spacecraft all converge--Amaringo’s art presents a doorway to the transcendent worlds of ayahuasca intended for contemplation, meditation, and inspiration.
Pablo Amaringo (1938-2009) trained as a curandero in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but retired in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at his Usko-Ayar school in Pucullpa, Peru. The author of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, his art has been displayed throughout the world.
The new book; The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo, published in April 2011 by Inner Traditions features 48 never before published paintings, by Howard G. Charing and Peter Cloudsley.