The "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian school of painting



In the year 1986, even before the creation and foundation of the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting, master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña was already sharing and offering to five very enthusiastic and careful young apprentices his teachings in the plastic arts, his wise philosophical knowledge, and values for good living such as the Moral Principles of honesty, respect, education, discipline, politeness, and loyalty, and the Spiritual Principles of altruistic love, justice, kindness, generosity, mercy, tender affection, spiritual perception, acute perspicacity, peace and an adequate education.

These first five enthusiastic young people, the "first-born," could be called the Pioneers in the creation and foundation of the "USKO–AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting, as Don Pablo C. Amaringo Sh. offered them the necessary comforts for studying in the tiny living room of his humble home.

In the course of days, months and years, their numbers increased to include almost all the children of the neighborhood and more distant districts, until there was no longer room in the home of Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña. The point arrived where they were monopolizing the small and precarious kitchen of Don Pablo's house.

Seeing that so many enthusiastic children and youth desired to learn the art of painting and the wise knowledge that Don Pablo shared with all in his home, from careful analysis the necessity and enthusiasm emerged to create and to found, together with co-founder Mr. Luis Eduardo Luna, what is now called the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting.


It is based on the philanthroplc altruism of its founder, Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña.

In view of the unbalanced direction of the children and youth, in order to give good training and education through art and culture, it must orient a person toward humanity, animals and plants, through love and respect, wisdom and justice.

The purpose is to give to the children and youth the preparation to represent the highest physical, moral and spiritual values, through the art of painting.

The USKO-AYAR Amazonian School of Painting was founded on June 15, 1988, in the Barrio Fray Martin of the city of Pucallpa, Perú, by the talented self-taught painter Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña and his co-founder of Colombian Mr. Luis Eduardo Luna.

"USKO-AYAR" is an archaic Quechua term that means spiritual prince or wise prince.

It is a non-governmental, non-profit organism or institution, open to children, youth, and everyone who wants to learn the art of painting, especially people with scarce economic resources. So over time the number of students has continued to increase, and more and more regularly attend the classes in drawing, painting and English.

Following the direction and teachings of the master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña, who imparted his philanthropic philosophy of altruistic love, responsibility, sincerity, honesty, loyalty, and respect for one's neighbor, it will have the opportunity to teach the rest who keep on coming.

In the Amazonian landscapes themselves, the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting shows the riches of nature and the magnificence of the Omnipotent Almighty Being (God), who has created those beautiful dawns, the precious sunsets, and the splendid moonlit nights, harmoniously composed with the natural colors of the jungle, accompanied by the very talented rendering of minute details which characterizes and identifies the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting, and the unique pictorial style called "Neo-Amazonian," among other art schools of the world.

Thus the art of painting ennobles the soul, and the artist begins to observe in a special way everything that exists. Being always in contact with nature stimulates the artist and fills his mind with peace and tranquility.

The works of the Master and the ex-students of the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums of the world, including South America, Central America, North America, Europe, and Asia, and been acclaimed for their minute details and the naturalness of the work.

For Don Pablo, it was important that his students reach a high personal spirituality.

The "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting is not affiliated with any political or religious creed, being completely pluralist.

The "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting is self-financed and at present is financed by the sale of paintings produced in it, and also, now, by the sale of some of the original paintings that the master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña left to his family, and of reproductions of his works, and also by some donations received in the past from foreign organizations like FINNIDA, SHAMAN PHARMACEUTICAL, COE, THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN LIMA - PERÙ, and some private indiv iduals who offered their unconditional support in good faith. We give them our infinite sincere thanks in the name of the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting and its late founder the master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña, for having contributed very generously to this noble nonprofit project.


They must be:

  • Simple
  • Honest
  • Noble
  • Submissive
  • Loyal
  • Correct
  • Precise
  • Natural
  • Clear and Transparent
  • Harmonious
  • Scientific
  • Spiritual


It is: To learn to paint at "USKO-AYAR" is to recreate the world!

The teaching philosophy at "USKO-AYAR" is the effort of the human spirit to establish a rational conception of the universe through self-reflection on one's own values, theory and practices. Applying this definition, philosophy comes to be an instrument to give all the students a clear vision of the reason they are doing what they do.


To prepare human and technical resources in painting and in the teaching of theoretical and practical knowledge for living an active, useful and developed life.


To bring art within the reach of everyone through spreading technical knowledge and that the same time promoting the personal development of each one of its members, with the purpose of seeking that the human being appreciate and preserve the creation, that is to say, their environment.


To develop in the student the education for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual equilibrium, requirements for the art of painting, teaching the future artist to distinguish the first elements of beauty, eg: form, reason, descriptive geometry, light, shade, color, symmetry, perspective, horizon, etc. This is done through the processes of graphic arts, steps in drawing, and color techniques during the first six months learning cycle. Later in the second cycle the appropriate goals to accomplish objective will follow. In order that the student discovers the art within him, through cultivating the two aptitudes of ability and creative imagination, the student will create something that comes to be pleasant and attractive. The "USKO-AYAR" school offers to the student an education, and a qualification and integral training in theoretical and practical knowledge, modification of attitudes, development, skill or ability for work. The works done in the "USKO-AYAR" school are the result of a philosophy of life founded on the respect for the nature and the environment. The art practiced in "USKO–AYAR" is not an end in itself but an instrument with which the students are taught to re-encounter their Amazonian roots and recuperate and reinforce the cultural identity of the people. As such, it is not education for art but for the man, a school to understand nature and learn to live in it, because in life, one doesn't do what one wants to do but what one must do.


To produce people of quality people of productivity, people of creativity, and pictorial works of art of high quality, by means of the plastic arts, integral education, and adequate training with active values.

  1. To stimulate through artistic education the understanding, comprehension and respect for the Amazonian environment.
  2. To strengthen the cultural identify of Amazonian peoples, so they can improve their living condiitions,
  3. To generate a vast artistic documentation of the flora, fauna and cultural sciences of the Amazon in such a way that they can be used by scientific and popular publications.
  4. To preserve and promote the knowledge of the traditional medicine and other plant use of the Amazon.
  5. To create and develop ethnobotanical gardens in the Amazon region, where the public as well as students of schools and universities can learn about the flora of the Amazonian region.
  6. To spread locally, nationally, and internationally the knowledge of Amazonian nature, art and culture.


In the year 1999, Don Pablo César Amaringo Shuña, suffers the most sudden and distressing disillusion of his life, from a small organized group of mentally challenged, ungrateful and disloyal students of the Amazonian School of Art "USKO – AYAR."

Having learned about this, that said malicious letter was from this small group, who wrote and sent it to Mr. Masanori Kiikuchi, Cultural Director of the Japanese television network NHK.

With the cowardly intent of denigrating and soiling the image, memory, and respect of Don Pablo César Amaringo Shuña, with words and phrases totally contemptuous and at the same time dishonorable and vulgar, made by people intellectually unsophisticated wanting to do this for their own economic gain, causing damages and malaise of his personal tranquility of a great person, noble, generous, and especially very spiritual who never harmed anyone, the great Maestro Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña who felt all where kin.

Said letter was forwarded by the Japanese television network NHK to the hands of Mrs. Hikaru Nagatake who immediately sent it back to Don Pablo César Amaringo Shuña.

That letter now serves as a precedent and testimony to be used judicially and legally at its right time against each one of those involved and complicit of the writing writing said cowardly letter.Considering them, back in those moments Don Pablo César Amaringo Shuña as people calumnious, hipocritical, envious, who wanted and still want to destroy the Amazonian School of Art "USKO – AYAR." Detractors who said they would behave kindly and honorably and honestly, before God and mankind but later talked and gossiped against their teacher and director. They were considered ungrateful people to him and also to the Amazonian School of Art "USKO – AYAR."

Bracing himself, Maestro Don Pablo César Amaringo Shuña, who spoke and thought that even though all of how they behaved with evil and disloyalty to him but the Amazonian School of Art "USKO – AYAR," he did not hold any grudge, resentment, or hate, as he is not one to judge them.

He left this situation, as with everything, in the hands of the only all powerful God and Creator of everything in existence, omnipotent and omniscient who loved Jehovah, our God. And each one of them now will have to carry in their own conscience how badly they behaved with their teacher Pablo César Amaringo Shuña.

Since then the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting has taught hundreds and thousands students and foreign visitors in the plastic arts and in the philanthropic altruism of its creator and founder Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña But master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña recognizes and proclaims as his only disciples to:

Mita Dexi Lozano Paima, Limbert Gonzales Laulate, Noé Macedo Nolorbe, Chenier Tangoa Murrieta, Wellington Curichimba Marin, Luis Abel Gonzales Laulate, Casilda Pinche Sanchez, Juan Limbert Almeida Panduro, Roxana Elizabeth Marin Aliaga.

For their outstanding apprenticeship and practice of the doctrine of philanthropic altruism and loyalty. Being a disciple and being an ex-student are not the same thing.

A Disciple is: A person who learns and practices the doctrines of his master.

A student is A person who takes courses of study, especially in the intermediate or higher levels of an art or profession.As an example, we all have the great master Jesus Christ, when He was here on Earth -- He had great crowds of followers, but his Disciples numbered only twelve.

Nevertheless, it is worth it to mention that the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting has not been very recognized at the local, regional, and national level, and it has functioned since its creation with many vicissitudes and difficulties due to lack of incentive and economic support from the principal authorities, but it continues to function as a cultural and touristic patrimony of the Amazon and the city of Pucallpa, Peru.The "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting continues and will continue forever with the teachings in effect based on the philanthropic altruism left by its founder Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña for children, youth, and adults who need it most and who have the least economic resources. Now the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting invites and urges all local, regional, national, and foreign organizations and institutions, as well as private individuals of good heart and generosity, to continue supporting this noble project for the benefit of all people who need it. We give sincere thanks in advance to all who unite in this noble cause.

At present, despite the unexpected and irreparable loss of master Don Pablo C. Amaringo Shuña, the founder and director of the "USKO-AYAR" Amazonian School of Painting and "Pablo C. Amaringo" High Art Gallery. His son (nephew) Juan Vásquez Amaringo continues developing it, having assumed the role of director and promoter of these entrepreneurial artistic entities.