Guests of honor

Luis Vallejo


Municipal Bonsai Museum of Alcobendas, Constructed between 1994 and 1995 by the City Council of Alcobendas, was projected by Luis Vallejo with the collaboration of the Architect Antón Dávila.

The museum is found within the Arroyo de la Vega Park in a section of this park denominated as the “Japanese Garden”. The exhibit grounds cover an area of approximately 900m2.

The museum also has as a workshop, nursery, storage and lecture room. The collection of bonsais exhibited at the Museum includes over 300 trees belonging to Luis Vallejo’s private collection, 17 bonsais that where donated by the former Prime Minister of Spain, Mr. Felipe González, 13 of which form part of the collection belonging to the City Council of Alcobendas, that has a total of 58 trees.

Many of the bonsais that form part of the collection have come from renowned Japanese masters such as; Masahiko Kimura, Saburo Kato, Hiroshi Takeyama, Hotsumi Terakawa, Kunio Kobayashi, Imai Chiaru, Shinji Suzuki, Ogata, Morimae… and European Masters such as; Erasmo García, Gabriel Romero, Julio Cano, Luis Vallejo, Mario Komsta, Sandro Segneri. Many of these trees have been awarded in various exhibitions and competitions that have taken place both nationally and internationally.

The Museum houses one of the best bonsai collections found outside of Japan due to their high quality and the diversity in specimens. Combining both autochthonous and allochtonous species.

Among the activities organized at the museum, special emphasis must be given to the MMBA National Bonsai Competition, which has been celebrated biennially since the year 2002.  The objective of this competition is to select the best trees in Spain and receive the “Master Piece LUIS VALLEJO MBA” award.


1994 a 1995
I worked as a Bonsai potter.

1995 a 2006
I worked for the Luis Vallejo Bonsai Studio as Alconbenda’s Bonsai Museum keeper.

1996 a 2006
I worked as the keeper for the bonsai collection donated by Mr. Felipe González (former Spanish President) to the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid.

1995 a 2006
I have been teacher for the Luis Vallejos Bonsai School.

1997 a 2012
I have contributed to the Bonsai Actual magazine, publication that I managed from January 1004 till December 2011.
Author of six guides of Todo Bonsai series published by Croma Press, S.A. editorial.

Contributions in magazines have reached beyond our borders, I have published articles in Bonsai Today (USA), Bonsai Art (Germany), Esprit Bonsai (France), My Garden (Japan), Bonsai Focus (Europe) and Kinbon (Japan).

I received private master classes from Masabiko Kimura Master about special technics on modelling conifers.

Since 2006 I am teaching in my own bonsai school “David Benavente, bonsai studio”.

2009 y 2010
I received private master classes from Imai Chiaru Master.

I have worked for three months in Manse-en Bonsai Garden in Omiya for the Kato family.


Demostraciones más relevantes: 2005
Ginkgo Bonsai Award, Belgium.

ASPAC, Taiwán.

I National Exhibition at Niemeyer Centre. Avilés, Spain.

Nishikiten, Barcelona, Spain.

Important Awards: 2008
Municipal Museum of Alcobendas. 3rd Prize. Pinus sylvestris.

Bonsai Clubs Internacional. BCI  Award of Recognition. Pinus sylvestris.

XXV Bonsai European Congress and Suiseki EBA/ESA, 3rd Prize. Pinus sylvestris.

XII Noelanders Trophy. 2nd Prize Acer palmatum.

I National Exhibition at Niemeyer Center. 1st Prize Dai bonsái. Pinus sylvestris.

I National Exhibition at Niemeyer Center. Award for the best presentation and composition. Pinus sylvestris.

Nishikiten. Award of merit. Pinus sylvestris.

XIII Noelanders Trophy. 2nd Prize. Pinus Silvestris.

XIV Noelanders Trophy. Nomination. Pinus silvestris.

European Bonsai Association, EBA. Award of merit. Pinus silvestris.

Düsseldorf Bonsai Museum Award. Pinus silvestris.



Peter Warren, 37 from the UK, a Yorkshireman now living in London. After graduating from University, Peter Warren travelled to Japan to live for a year and experience a new culture and also the World Cup in 2002. During his time there he discovered Bonsai, fell in love and decided to apprentice under Mr. Kunio Kobayashi at Shunkaen. At the time, Minoru Akiyama was still an apprentice there and has been a massively influential figure in Peter's bonsai education. After 5 years of full time apprenticeship during which he learnt about not only bonsai techniques but display, suiseki and antique pots, Peter began his professional career and has been working extensively across Europe and the US whilst returning back to Japan several times a year to polish up his skills and repay his debt to Mr. Kobayashi. Peter has a wide range of experience but prefers to work with trees that have unique character. 

Michael Tran

Born and raised in Germany, I started Bonsai in 2007. 10 years later I find myself invited to be a demonstrator at the Saulieu Bonsai show, sharing the stage with some of the greatest bonsai artists of Europe. People that I admired when I started. I am a very happy guy. I was lucky to start my education under the guidance of Mr. Udo Fischer and walked my own way in 2009. After finishing my chemistry studies at the university of Heidelberg I had just a few trees and nothing else. I was still riding my bicycle and catching the train everyday, working and putting every penny and every ounce of energy that I had towards becoming a bonsai artist. I used to sit on the train and read the magazines and just kept constantly dreaming. Looking back I didn't have anything, but it didn't bother me at all. I was just happy, emersed in this goal. The longer I dreamt the more good people came into my life and the universe started to get out of my way. I finally run a cool bonsai nursery and keep dreaming to this very day.