Visionary Art is…

Visionary Art

Net of Being By Alex Grey

Net of Being By Alex Grey


Visionary art is an artistic style which pays homage to the mystical experience and the transcendent spiritual wisdom of humanity.  The art emerges out of the artist’s inner journey into the realms of collective vision and their personal insights and experiences. The vision is then used as inspiration for the work of art and for self-realization. Once completed the art is an expression of the inner journey, a catalyst to trigger transformative experiences in the viewer. It is a form of prayer and surrendering to a mystical state of consciousness.  Robert Venosa put it simply by referred to his art as “the transcendental mirror”; the transcendent images reflect the transcendent aspects of the viewer and leave the residue of this visionary reality in the mind of the beholder.

The visionary artists are making a powerful statement about the value of the inner reality and the power of mystical experiences to transform and uplift the world. The visionary community sees the primary mystical experience as being the core of all spiritual traditions. As time progresses and cultures change new archetypes are created to express transcendent experience.  The new archetypes reflect the contemporary expedition into this other inner dimension of being through contemporary means. Visionary artists, like the ones featured in this blog, are making a statement about the positive and challenging aspects of visionary experiences and validating the reality of this internal experience. This artistic and visual validation of the transcendant is in agreement with new medical research showing the healing power of extra-ordinary states of consciousness especially with psilocybin or MDMA guided psychotherapy.

This visionary artwork is truly a product of an emerging spiritual movement based on direct experience; many of the symbols used to describe the indescribable mystical reality are often inspired by spiritual traditions of the whole Earth. The ability to experience global spiritual culture is a radical shift from 40 years ago, this phenomenon is shaping the way spiritualism is approached and is changing the dialogue about the fundamental nature of reality.

Essential Love by Anderson Debernardi

Essential Love by Anderson Debernardi

The core of spiritualism in visionary art is in the direct experience of the infinite reality, where all is one, space-time and self are transcended. This is in agreement with the teachings of Tantra, Buddhism, indigenous leaders, and parallels theories emerging from quantum physicists. Today many have created their own religions or spiritual path by drawing inspiration from ancient traditions. This spiritualism based on the inner journey is expressed in visionary art. The experience of creating the artwork is similar to prayer as it connects the artist to the inner consciousness and can evoke powerful non-ordinary states of consciousness in the viewer and or creator of the art.

The creative vision of this community goes far beyond the flat surface of the canvas. Interactive festivals like Burning Man, Boom Festival, Envision, symbiosis are intentional electronic music driven festivals; Desert Daze for psych rockers and other intentional gatherings are an outcropping of this new dynamic and creative arts community. These artists are looking to create installation art, video art, architecture, music, light shows, dance, festivals and other forms of expression. Short intentional gatherings create a visionary space and become a place in which personal transformation, spiritual journey, enthogenic inspired dance and performance can combine with a supportive community. Once the gathering is over they leave no physical trace all that remains are the images, memories and the art.

Albert Hoffman by Alex Grey

Albert Hoffman by Alex Grey

To achieve these inspirational experiences of personal transformation and mystical revelry  a combination of means are utilized by visionary artists including art, dance, music, prayer, meditation, yoga, psychedelics and other ‘technologies of the scared’. These experiences are often evoked through an entheogenic state of mind, many people refer to entheogens as being psychedelic substances but truly, Entheogen is a term meaning god seeking or evoking the mystical reality. Therefore, a visionary work of art is created in an entheogenic state of mind wheather induced by consumation of plants and substances or through inner means.  The difference between ingesting a psychedelic substance and taking an entheogen is in the intention; if one is using an entheogen they are seeking unity and spiritual communion with the divine but if one is using a psychedelic they are simply consuming a substance without the intention of inner exploration.  Ironically, the casual psychedelic user will still often enter entheogenic states of consciousness especially when exposed to visionary or healing arts.

Burning man

Many people when viewing visionary art recognize the landscapes the artists are rendering for their own experiences, this suggesting that realms of this other dimension can be similar for people around the world and this similarity of world creative vision is called archetype and has been the subject of intense academic study. Visionary art validates a parallel dimension of being known in western psychology as the transpersonal, this is literally another world different from our material reality which is found by traveling inward. Visionary art suggest that this otherworld really exists because the artist can go there and render its archetypal image and others recognize and relate to the art. The art validates this reality and the artist produces data for the scientists and others exploring this other dimension of human consciousness.

Visionary arts is inseparable from the healing arts, prayer, meditation, yoga and shamanism; they all encourage the movement toward wholeness. All the world’s religions have utilized sacred arts to uplift and inspire the best parts of ourselves.  The Earth is rapidly transforming into a place which may not be habitable by humans because of our ignorance about the interconnection of all life. The religious and mystical experience reveals in heart shattering glory, the oneness of existence.  The great yogis and shaman of the world all affirm that we are all united on this earth and in the web of life. The recognition of this primal truth has powerful healing and transformative potential. Visionary art plays a powerful role exposing the public to a contemporary expression of this mystic interrelatedness through arts which mirror the transcendent.

Unicornio Dorado By Pablo Amaringo

Unicornio Dorado By Pablo Amaringo

Unicornio Dorado By Pablo Amaringo.  Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Unicornio Dorado By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley


By: Transpersonal Spirit



Grof, Stanislav. The Cosmic Game Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness. State University of New York Press. 1998. Rob Percival 2010





Visionary Artist: Anderson Debernardi

Visionary Artist

Anderson Debernardi

Essential Love by Anderson Debernardi

Essential Love by Anderson Debernardi

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 - magic-serpents

Anderson Debernardi Magic Serpents

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 debernardi adan-visionario

Adan Visionario by Anderson Debernardi

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.

anderson debernardi ayahuasqueros-healing

Ayahuasqueros Healing by Anderson Debernardi

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.

anderson debernardi iniciacion-shamanica

Iniciacion Shamanica By Anderson Debernardi

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.

Anderson Debernardi mitologias-amazonicas

Mitologias Amazonicas By Anderson Debernardi

anderson debernardi shaman-cosmico

Shaman Cosmico By Anderson Debernardi

anderson debernardi shaman-transformation

Shaman Transformation By Anderson Debernardi

anderson debernardi sinfonia-shamanica

Sinfonia Shamanica By Anderson Debernardi

anderson debernardi araraunas-in-love

Araraunas In Love By Anderson Debernardi

anderson debernardi harpy-eagle-hunting

Harpy Eagle Hunting By Anderson Debernardi

anderson Debernardi hummingbird

Hummingbird By Anderson Debernardi

By: Transpersonal Spirit

A related article about Anderson Debernardi’s teacher Pablo Amaringo can be found here:


(1) Cosm: Journal of Visionary Culture; Cosmic Creativity Vol. 7. Cosm Press. New York. 2012.