Hiram came to the United States from his native Cuba in 1972 and grew up in Miami. He is an accom-plished electrician and carpenter. He also studied architecture at Miami Dade College for a couple of years, but his love of the outdoors, plants and talent for drawing led him to bonsai.
In April 2008, Hiram started his journey in bonsai. At first he took classes with Erik Wigert. He then became a student of Carlos Consuegra and then of Toby Diaz. He learned quickly because of two fac-tors: One, his natural ability to foresee and draw the future of a tree, which he then creates and, two, he started bringing countless of urban Yamadori trees from Puerto Rico. Hiram joined The Bonsai Society of Miami in 2008, and continued to study the art while developing his own style and focusing on the style he’s most passionate about, the Literati.
In 2010, Hiram became the Vice President of The Bonsai Society of Miami as well as Show Chairman in 2013. He has exhibited in numerous shows and is always ready and willing to share his love for this art. Hiram strives to give a unique presentation when he does a demo or a workshop. He loves to create radi-cal compositions which are “outside the box” thinking and that has made him a popular and respected artist in Florida.
Hiram’s passion and determination continues to drive his natural talent and inspire those around him. His love of the art to create bonsai pushes him to continually be learning new methods. He created OliCata Bonsai Studios where he teaches and sells bonsai tree materials on line. He enjoys working with tropi-cals like Campeche, Escambron, Tintillos, Palo Blanco, Neeas, Bucida, Buttonwoods, Cypress and many more. What he enjoys the most is collecting and getting together with a few of his students, Aaron Buchler, Gus Moreno, Jose Martinez, and his mentors Toby Diaz or Ed Trout. He has acquired a taste for Japanese Black Pines, Mames and Shohin and, as he always, lets his passion take over.
His philosophy is ” Less is More ” and ” Stay Inspired “.
- 2009 Best in Show
- 2009 Joe Samuels Bunjin Award
- 2011 BSF President’s Award
- 2011 Best in Show
- 2011 First Place Shohin Award
- 2011 Joe Samuel’s Bunjin Award
- 2011 First Place Small Bonsai Award
- 2013 First recipient of The Ed Trout Award
- 2013 Joe Samuel’s Bunjin Award
TRAVEL & SERVICES
Available for events within Florida and the U.S. Advance notice is required. Available for demos, workshops, private classes, critiques, and judging. He also has workshop and demo trees available for clubs. Please email him for fees, times and travel expenses. You may contact him;
Phone: (305) 431-1404