Anderson Debernardi was born on the 12th of June ,1968 in Orellana (Distrito de Vargas Guerra) a small town near Ucayali river in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest . When he was 5 years old his family moved to Iquitos. Andy started primary school in Teniente Luis Clavero and at age 11 the entire family again relocated to Pucallpa. He completed primary school in Centro Educativo 65003, better known as 1220. He attended secondary school at the ‘Great United Scholars’ FAUSTINO MALDONADO graduating in 1987. A particularly gifted student during primary and secondary school, Andy won many local art competitions.
Andy was one of 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 meters mural for the South American Building of the Helsinki Zoo. Andy was later commissioned to paint 16 murals in the South American and African building over the course of 5 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.
Andy’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 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. He is currently living with his family in Lima. For more information email via the contact form or call him on 51-1-5501487. Andy is also via Facebook
Anderson Debernardi is a resident citizen of Peru and in recent years has become one of the most prolific rainforest visionary artists in the region. He currently lives in Lima, but spent many years in Pucallpa and Iquitos including his time at the Usko Ayar Amazonian School of Painting which was founded by Pablo Amaringo and Professor Luis Eduardo Luna.
Andy 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 there forest is not merely seen as land to be “developed”, but rather as a sacred resource that must be protected.
In July 2010 Andy was invited to visit the Shimbre Shamanic Center as well as Spirit Quest in Iquitos. As a guest resident artist he led painting workshops for the participants who attended the gathering. Andy also recently attended CONDOR EAGLE THE ENCOUNTER ON OF DIFFERENT CULTURES, a big festival of shamanismo in Alto Paraiso un by YATRA BARBOSA.
This year 2012, Andy has been been invited to attend Alchemeyez (congress of visionaries artist) In Waikoloa, Hawaii as well as Boom! festival in Portugal.