Moises Llerena was born in Flor de Punga near the city of Iquitos in Peru on April 8th 1975. After completing secondary school, he started his art education at Usko Ayar Amazonian School of Painting, which was founded and lead by the visionary artist Pablo Amaringo.
Moises Llerena's art is inspired by and dedicated, with all respect and gratitude, to the ancestral inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest and their customs, to their legendary knowledge of balance between mankind and mother nature. Moises learned his art techniques at the Usko Ayar school but he considers nature to be the true master teacher where we can all find beauty, love and teachings that assist us in maturing in body, mind and spirit.
The Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting was created in 1988 through a collaboration of Peruvian painter and Shaman, Pablo Amaringo, and the Colombian anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna and his wife, Sirpa Rasanen. The first pupils remain today as teachers, and the school has more than 700 students. The school is open to all and is free of costs. Art materials and other expenses are met by sales of paintings; half is paid to the painter. A non-governmental, non-profit institution open to children, young, and everyone who wants to learn the art of painting, especially people with scarce economic resources.
The Usko-Ayar (Quecha: "Spiritual Prince") is more than an art school. It is an institution devoted to the rescue and preservation of the knowledge and the traditions of the indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon. Their art is a documentation of the flora, fauna, and culture of the Amazon, and it promotes and preserves the traditional knowledge of medicinal and other plants of this region. Usko-Ayar's mission is 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.