Ramon Serafí

Bonsai Master - La Bisbal d'Empordà (Catalonia)


Born in Girona, Ramon Serafí became involved in different artistic disciplines from a very young age, which included drawing and pottery, and discovered the world of bonsai towards the end of the 1970’s. He gave his first exhibition on bonsai back in 1982, at the Sant Domènec cloister in Girona. Although it would not be until 1996 when he intensified his activities with an exhibition at the cloister in the Cap Roig Botanical Gardens, in Calella de Palafrugell, which he rounded off in 1997 with “Una visió d’un jardí japonès” [A Vision of a Japanese Garden] at the exhibition halls in the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, organised by the Consulate General of Japan in Barcelona. He was the director and co-ordinator of the bonsai section of the exhibition Girona temps de flors between 1999 and 2007.

At the same time, he launched a project on bonsai in La Bisbal d’Empordà in 1999, where he has steadily organised activities dedicated to this botanical art and where Europe’s most prestigious professionals have participated. Last but not least, he fulfilled one of his dreams, the creation of the Bonsai Museum, which opened in La Bisbal d’Empordà in October 2007.

A consultant and instructor of Feng-Shui, Ramon Serafí often travels to Asia to deepen his knowledge of bonsai and Far Eastern cultures:  to Vietnam, to observe and analyse his art with bonsai, without losing the essence of the origins of the art; to Cambodia, where bonsai are a daily occurrence in people’s lives; to Singapore, and, especially quite often, to Japan, the source of the weeping willows (Salix sp), which will feature  in el somni [the dream]. While in Japan, he has taken part in workshops with great masters such as Taiga Urushibata, Tomio Yamada, Saburo Kato and Masahiko Kimura.

A member of the Nippon Bonsai Association, the Catalan Bonsai Organisations Co-ordinator and the Spanish Suiseki Association, Ramon Serafí always points out how “bonsai are living works of art, impossible to compare with other forms of artistic expression”. “Bonsai are never finished, as they continue to hold a living nature that continues to grow and which you need to care for and model.”

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