Hiram grew up in Miami. Studied architecture at Miami Dade College for a couple of years, but his love of the outdoors, plants, talent for drawing and creative appetite led him to bonsai.
In April 2008, Hiram started his journey in bonsai. He has studied with some of the best bonsai artist in Florida. He studied under Erik Wigert, then became a student of Carlos Consuegra, Toby Diaz and Ed Trout. He learned quickly because of his natural ability to foresee and draw the future of a tree, which he then creates.
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 is always willing to share his knowledge and love for this art. He has written several articles on tropicals for ABS magazine. Hiram strives to give a unique presentation when he does a demo or a workshop. He loves to create radical compositions which are “outside the box” thinking and that have made him a popular and respected artist.
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 learn new methods. He created OliCata Bonsai Studios where he teaches and sells bonsai tree materials on line. He enjoys working with tropicals like Campeche, Escambron, Tintillos, Palo Blanco, Neeas, Bucida, Buttonwoods, Cypress and many more. He has acquired a taste for Japanese Black Pines, Azaleas, Mames and Shohin, and “as always” lets his passion take over.
His philosophy is “Less is more” and always “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
- 2015 BSF President’s 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