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Shamanic Illuminations: The Art of Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey and Mieshiel

August 11, 2011

ACA Galleries is pleased to announce Shamanic Illuminations: The Art of Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey and Mieshiel, a group exhibition featuring the artwork of three visionary artists. There will be an opening reception and book signing on Thursday, September 15 from 5 to 8pm. There will also be a Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 22 from 5 to 8pm. Pablo Amaringo (1938–2009) was born in Peru. He was 10 years old when he first took ayahuasca--a visionary brew used in shamanism. A severe heart illness at 17 — and the magical cure via ayahuasca—led Amaringo toward the life of a shaman. He eventually became a powerful curandero—learning the icaros, or healing songs, that the ayahuasca brew inspired in him. In 1985 Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman by Dennis McKenna and Luis Eduardo Luna was published. In 1988, Amaringo founded the Usko Ayar School of Painting in Pucallpa, a school dedicated to teaching art, along with the rich botanical diversity of the jungle. Amaringo was honored with the Global 500 award from the UN Environmental Program in 1992. Pablo Amaringo’s latest volume, The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo by Howard G. Charing, Peter Cloudsley and Pablo Amaringo (Inner Traditions, 2011) includes 47 color plates of never-before- published paintings. It also includes reflections from many well-known artists and visionaries such as Robert Venosa, Graham Hancock, Jan Kounen and Dennis McKenna. Alex Grey (1953- ) was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Columbus College of Art & Design (1971-3) and Boston Museum School (1974-5). Grey worked 5 years in the Anatomy Department at Harvard Medical School and later worked at Harvard's Department of Mind/Body Medicine assisting scientists investigating subtle healing energies. Grey taught for ten years at NYU, RISD, Philadelphia College of Art, JFK University, New York Open Center, Naropa Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies and Omega Institute. Grey's paintin