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.
1999 - Initial introduction to Bonsai Art
2001 - Co-founded the Knoxville Bonsai Society (TN, USA)
2008 - Began apprenticeship at Kouka-en (Osaka, Japan)
2008 - Work accepted to Sakufu-ten
2009-16 - Work accepted to Kokufu-ten
2009-15 - Work accepted to Taikan-ten
2010 - Taikan-ten Shohin Award
2012 - Taikan-ten Ishitsuki Award
2013 - Taikan-ten Ogata Conifer Award
2013 - WBFF/ BCI demonstrator (China)
2014 - Demonstrator @ Takamatsu Bonsai Convention (Takamatsu, Japan)
2014 - US National Exhibition Chuuhin Award
2014-16 - Instructor/demonstrator (Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland)
2014 - Received professional certification by the Nippon Bonsai Association
2015 - Launched Online Beginner Bonsai Course w/ Bonsai Empire
2015 - Headliner at Italian National Bonsai Exhibition UBI (Marostica, Italy)
2016 - Launched Online Intermediate Bonsai Course w/ Bonsai Empire
2016 - Established International Bonsai School @ Bonsai Sense (Mallorca, Spain)
2016 - Noelander's Trophy winning tree/container supplier (Belgium)
2016 - International demonstrator @ Polish National Exhibition (Poland)
2016 - International demonstrator @ Bonsai Without Borders (China)