Salvatore Liporace (Italy)
text and images in this article are taken from Craig Coussins
book 'The Bonsai School')
Liporace is a bonsai master with an impressive reputation
for producing masterpieces of bonsai. A student of Masahiko
Kimura, one of the worlds leading Japanese Bonsai Masters,
Salvatore runs a successful international bonsai school in
Milan, Italy, at which bonsai artists from around the world
have learned their craft, including Patrizia Capellaro. I
have spent a lot of time with Salvatore in Milan, and we often
meet when we teach at international events. Indeed, I organised
the workshop at which the following demonstration took place.
material used was a Juniperus prostrata that had been collected
from a planting area in a shopping centre that was being demolished.
Having been planted when it was about 10 years old, it had
then spent approximately thirty years in the planting bed.
After it was removed from the shopping centre, it was nurtured
for three years prior to this styling to restore its health
and vigour. The tree is owned by Robert Atkinson, a bonsai
teacher from the North-East of England, and he and I took
these photographs of Salvatore styling the tree.