Bjorn L Bjorholm, owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Nashville, TN, is a bonsai professional and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association.
His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed
by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn’s works were featured in the Kokufu-ten,
Sakufu-ten, and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.
In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world, from Europe to Asia to Latin America, teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive
bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international bonsai organizations.
Rafael Torres, instructor of the Spanish Bonsai Association and owner of 'Bonsaisense' in Mallorca, has a bonsai school with more than 50 students.
One of the challenges was to create an international bonsai school with Bjorn Bjorholm and Rafael Torres as instructors. They work often together on material in Spain and furthering the artform.
Rafael Torres has participated in several demonstrations nationwide and he is planning to continue participating in several international and national congresses throughout the next years, also as a bonsai professional he works for a large number of private collections of Spanish and European collectors, in addition to offering workshops and classes for both amateurs and associations.
Hugo Zamora Luna
His first important approach with the world of bonsai, was through a basic course at the age of 16 years.
In the year 2000 he started to make some demonstrations, presentations and workshops in local congresses in Mexico City and soon after in different places in the countryside.
He teaches courses since 2001 and he was the Mexican Bonsai Federation Didactic and Teaching area leader for 6 years.
After completing his apprenticeship with master Kunio Kobayashi , year after year he continues to travel to Japan for periods of one or two months to work in Shunkaen Bonsai Museum and continue with the practice of bonsai art in the highest level.
He was Demonstrator of different important Bonsai events around the world like Latinamerican Bonsai Federation congress in two times.
He traveled on more that 20 different countries around the world as a judge, curator of private collections, making demos and workshops, mostly in Latinamerica and some countries in Asia, Europe.
This mixing of styles, tree’s varieties, schools, techniques, philosophies and cultural combinations, makes his work very versatile and with a very particular way of seeing the bonsai. Since the classics to the vanguard.