Anderson Debernardi is one of the most prolific rainforest visionary artists in Peru. He was one of the founding students of the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting, which was established in 1988 in the city of Pucallpa by Pablo Amaringo and Luis Eduardo Luna. He held key roles in the project as the financial administrator as well as one of the main teachers. In 1992 he was invited along with Pablo Amaringo and two other members of the Usko-Ayar School to Tampere, Finland.
In 1995 Andy painted a large, 20-square-meter mural for the South American Building of the Helsinki Zoo. Andy was later commissioned to paint 16 murals in the South American and African buildings over the course of five years. This work has been presented many times in Finland, where Andy is a very well-known artist.
Along with numerous exhibitions in Peru, in cultural institutions and diplomatic circles, his work has also been shown in the United States. He has also participated in different editions of the Noche de Arte en Lima organized by USAFIS. His international activity is quite well known in Washington, Wyoming (Cheyenne), Colorado (Denver), Japan, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Colombia.
Anderson’s paintings have been used in scientific publications, such as the Field Guide to the Birds of Peru by doctors James Clements and Noam Shany. He was also the illustrator for a book sponsored by the United Nations, the Finnish Embassy and the Central Reserve Bank of Peru. He also produced illustrations for the publishing house Inner Traditions, which were used for the covers of Inner Paths to Outer Space written by Rick Strassman MD, Slawek Wojtowicz MD, Luis Eduardo Luna and Ede Frecska, and the book Psychotropic Mind written by Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen and Vincent Ravalee.
Anderson is a strong advocate for the preservation of the rainforest and sees the medicinal and visionary plants as a gift from nature. He hopes to see culture evolve to the point at which the forest is not merely seen as land to be “developed,” but rather as a sacred resource that must be protected.
From 2012 he was invited to make art exhibitions,live painting and presentations in different international festivals including Condor Eagle Festival in Alto Paraiso, Brazil, BOOM Festival in Portugal. In 2013 he was part of Tribal Gathering in Panaman, and in 2014 he toured Australia, participating in Rainbow Serpent Fest, and exhibiting art in Byron Bay and Melbourne. He has also participated in Envision Festival in Costa Rica and Psy-Fi in Holland.
In 2015 Anderson’s art was included in an exhibition at the Brauer Museum at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA.
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Visionary Art – I
Panelist: Anderson Debernardi
Visionary artists will discuss what it means to paint from a visionary perspective, how their visionary experiences influence their work and how medicine emerges through art.
Panelists: Amanda Sage, Anderson Debernardi, Luis Tamami, Solara Aerie
Moderator: Sitaramaya Sita
Ayahuasca Visions Painting Workshop
Come with a vision and complete a painting under the guidance of Peruvian Masters students must bring all the materials they need to paint, including canvas, paints, brushes, and easel.
Location: Big Art Church, 4975 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Space is limited.
More From Anderson Debernardi
We have only one world… Human beings have one chance to protect or one chance to destroy it… Let us all do what’s possible to make more peace, more love, more hope…
— Anderson Debernardi
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