Bjorn L Bjorholm is a bonsai artist 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 and only 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.
Although currently still based in Japan, Bjorn will permanently relocate to the United States in mid-2017 to establish his bonsai school and nursery with his wife, Nanxi Chen. Check back regularly for updates!
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 organizations such as Bonsai Clubs International, Black Scissors Association, and the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.
Bjorn Bjorholm's works have been featured in, and received awards at, major bonsai exhibitions around the world, including the Kokufu-ten, Taikan-ten, and Sakufu-ten shows in Japan, the Noelander's Trophy in Europe, and the US National Bonsai Exhibition in the States. View some of Bjorn's portfolio here.
Click to watch the mini-documentary "Bonsai - A Dialogue with Nature." Filmed, written, and produced by Bjorn Bjorholm, this short film delves into Bjorn's approach to bonsai as a global, community-building art form.