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Salvatore Liporace

Professional bonsai artist, he founded the Botanical Studio in Milan in 1983, the first space in Europe entirely dedicated to the processing and teaching of Bonsai.

Thanks to his numerous study trips to Japan with the master Masahiko Kimura, his school became a point of reference for expert bonsaists from all over the world and was the first to be officially recognized by UBI.
Many of her students are established instructors in Italy and abroad and several members of her school have participated and won the European EBA New Talent Contest.

The material for making Bonsai is only the means, not the end. Seeing, imagining, projecting into the future is the first condition for obtaining good results through a continuous evolution of the landscapes of the mind.

He was the first European to have founded bonsai schools abroad and has students in France, the United States, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Venezuela, Belgium, England, New Zealand, Malta, Luxembourg, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, China, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Chile, Monaco, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa. Having established himself as a professional artist, he is invited by the most famous world associations to hold seminars, reports and demonstrations. His articles are published in the most important European, American, Asian, Australian and African magazines. He is present as a headliner demonstrator in the main events World congresses, where his personal interpretation of the Bonsai art makes him one of the most innovative professionals. Over the course of his long career, he has given demonstrations, seminars and talks on all five continents. Founding member and advisor of IBS, he held the position of head of the teaching committee of the National College of Bonsai and Suiseki Instructors. In 1998 he was awarded a certificate of recognition by the French Bonsai Federation, for having contributed to raising the bonsai level of the French nation. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious American "BCI Writers and Phothograpers Award" for his important contribution to the teaching and dissemination of bonsai art to the international community. In June 2001 he represented Italy as a headlining demonstrator at the World Congress which was held in Munich (Germany). On the occasion of this important event he officially presented his first book "Bonsai Spirit and Matter", published in five languages in a limited edition. He won the first prize of the National Association of Italian Bonsai Artists (UBI) and the prize of the European Bonsai Association (EBA) for two consecutive years. Numerous other UBI prizes have been awarded, over the years, to bonsai prepared by him on behalf of clients. He wins the Eba Competition as best European demonstrator. In 2008 he was awarded by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover in Montecarlo as the best European bonsai artist. He participates in 2009 as an Italian representative and headliner at the World Congress in San Juan Puerto Rico and wins two gold medals. In 2011 he was appointed Ambassador for bonsai in the world by UBI (Italian Bonsai Artists Union). In 2011 in Mexico he received the Award of Excellence from the Latin American and Caribbean Federation for having contributed to the growth of bonsai art in the Latin American continent. In 2011, with the patronage of the Tatsugoro museum and the Mexican government, he demonstrated in front of the Tehotihucan pyramid, a UNESCO heritage site and a video visible on YouTube was produced. Also in 2011, with the patronage of the Ecole Europeanne Bonsai France and the municipality of Paris, he performed a demonstration at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, a UNESCO heritage site and another video visible on the internet was produced. In 2013 he organized the Luigi Maggioni Grand Prix, the first event exclusively dedicated to Shohin and Chuhin in Europe. He organizes, with the collaboration of Master Koji Hiramatsu, a unique Shohin school. He has collaborated with Bonsai Focus, the most important bonsai magazine in the Western world, for the creation of many Demo Reportages. He was invited with the patronage of the city of Salvador De Bahia (Brazil) to hold a public demonstration of bonsai art in Pelourinho, a UNESCO heritage site. In 2021 he was invited by the Italian Embassy in Ecuador and by the Mitad del Mundo foundation in Quito to hold conferences, workshops and demonstrations in the bonsai botanical garden. He continues to disseminate the art of bonsai with professionalism and dedication, invited and participating in the most important events in the world. He continues his career with frequent study trips to Japan with his teacher Masahiko Kimura.

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