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.
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.
In 2017, Bjorn and his wife Nanxi Chen relocated back to the US, and they are currently working to establish their bonsai nursery and school in Nashville, TN, with plans to officially open in late 2018. Check back regularly for updates!
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.