Anderson Debernardi is an artist, a master painter from Peru. He is best known for his ayahuasca visions series. His ayahuasca visions are beautifully painted in incredible color with great attention to detail. His artwork depicts the beauty and diversity of the Amazonian ecosystems with its animals, plants, rivers and stones. He also depicts the transcendental landscapes travelled by his peoples with the religious ceremonial use of sacred plants. Anderson’s work speaks to the healing power of nature and the inner landscape explored by the Amazonian peoples in traditional ceremonies.
Anderson Debernardi was born on the 12th of June 1968 in the Peruvian Amazon. At the age of 18 he was one of the founding students at the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting. Anderson Debernardi was a student of Pablo Amaringo, the internationally known painter of ayahuasca visions and founder of the Usko –Ayar Amazonian School of Painting. Debernardi spent his time with his art and at one point he moved into Pablo Amaringo’s home for greater focus on his studies. He later became one of the primary teachers at the Usko-Ayar School of Painting. He attends lectures and conferences around the world as a master painter of ayahuasca visions as well as rainforest landscapes. He has given presentations in many conferences about ayahausca and other sacramental plants to represent and support the indigenous rights to ceremonies.
Anderson believes that the rainforests of the world must be protected from devastation. He states, “I believe that the life of the rainforest and its’ culture must not be destroyed. The plants are a gift of the natural mother and to protect it is our responsibility (1).” This statement reveals the threat that his culture faces as the ways of his peoples are being destroyed along with the landscape which nurtured this way of life. The plants, animals and medicines of the rainforest must be preserved for the future; the entire Amazonian region depends upon the diversity of the rainforest’s ecosystem. Debernardi’s art explores the great beauty of nature and the profound wisdom which can be gained through the natural world’s mysteries.
Debernardi’s art creates an opening into the unseen world explored through sacred traditions of the Amazonian peoples. The paintings featured here are portraits of the visionary vistas explored in ceremonies with the sacred medicine ayahuasca. He beautifully depicts the visions of the ayahuasca medicine ceremony. He portrays the inner landscape filled with spirits, angels, serpents, patterns, space ships, crystalline cities, plants, kaleidoscope patterns, hot colors and animals. The inner landscapes are of ‘the otherworld’ or ‘spirit world’; the images show a dimension of reality which exists beside our own but is not visible much of the time. Through these images, Debernardi, tells the story of the mythological beings who inhabit the consciousness of the Amazon.
A cultural barrier exists which makes the images seem esoteric, however, they speak to a place which is sacred and mystical deep with-in our consciousness. The heart of this ‘otherworld’ is grounded in nature and religious communion with the natural world. Debernardi’s work opens the ayahuasca dimension to the viewer and evokes the transcendent realities which lie deep in our collective psyche. Debernardi gives us all a rare view into the realms of the sacred; a mystical world filled with divinely inspired motifs and living beings painted with masterful beauty.
By: Transpersonal Spirit
A related article about Anderson Debernardi’s teacher Pablo Amaringo can be found here: https://transpersonalspirit.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/visionary-art-pablo-amaringo/
(1) Cosm: Journal of Visionary Culture; Cosmic Creativity Vol. 7. Cosm Press. New York. 2012.