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3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503

CBS and DIBK will be combining their July meetings at a new interim venue in Torrance. We kindly ask that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing while at this event. There will be no food table, but please feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Christopher A. Sambolín Perez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1996. He was born and raised in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico and has been living there for 22 years. He is the eldest brother of three and aspires to be a role model to them. He received his bachelors degree in Microbiology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San German campus in 2019. Christopher is currently working to obtain a master’s degree in plants biotechnology in the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas campus.

In June of 2010, he started working with bonsai because of his aunt who inspired him from a young age. His journey with bonsai began when his aunt took him to visit Futago Bonsai, Pedro J Morales’ garden, and it was there when the passion for bonsai came to life as he was given the opportunity to work on his first bonsai. Since then, he first joined the Bonsai Club of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez chapter where he currently has the presidential position. Christopher then started to take a plethora of workshops around the island and took every chance he had to meet different bonsai master to learn more through workshops and seminars. Shortly after Christopher began his bonsai passion he became a student of William Acosta and Pedro J Morales. Through the years he started going to seminars, lectures and workshops with several international artists from all around the world (Japan, Italy, Indonesia, China, USA, Spain, Mexico). Christopher also participated in the Felab 2016 new talent contest where he finishes second out of 6 countries. He also has performed demonstrations at the National Bonsai Show of Puerto Rico and has assisted in demonstrations of bonsai artist like Hugo Zamora from Mexico and with his mentor and teacher from P.R, Pedro J Morales and William Acosta. In 2015, Christopher met his idol Mauro Stemberger in a workshop in Futago, since that day he has been networking with Mauro. Finally, After three years he became a student of Mauro Stemberger and started traveling to the Italian Bonsai Dream School in Feltre, Italy.

Currently, Christopher Sambolín is working on improving his skills and knowledge about bonsai but also in the science field, specifically in the microbiology and plant biotechnology area. He has been studying the microorganisms related to plants and hopes that knowing more about the biology of the plant will help him have a better relationship with his bonsai. At the moment his focus is studying and doing bonsai, for Christopher bonsai is a lifestyle that he has decided to pursue for the rest of his life. He develops a perspective of taking care of nature and spreading the passion of loving nature through bonsai. Sambolín is extremely grateful for all of the support he has received from his mom, family, and friends throughout the years of his bonsai journey. Without their continued to support he wouldn’t have had the same success in his academics or bonsai.

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