Joe Bravo is known primarily for his Tortilla Artwork which has been exhibited and published worldwide in such diverse places as the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

The internet has been a great catalyst for Joe to reach others with his unique interpretation of Latino Art. Honed in the Mexican-American social unrest of the Chicano Movement during the 1960’s and 70’s, Bravo’s art has evolved and keeps evolving as a testament and documentation of the political, racial, and cultural challenges he has experienced throughout his lifetime living in Southern California.

Although he still paints on Tortillas and teaches painting workshops, Joe is currently focused on producing socially relevant artwork that creates and encourages dialogue amongst different viewpoints.

Bravo likes to share his knowledge and experience with students from various backgrounds because he feels educating others about the arts is just as meaningful a legacy to leave the world as producing great art.

Joe Bravo has become quite well known for his innovative use of tortillas as a ground for traditional painting.

Here’s what he has to say about his works:

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"I use the Tortilla as a Canvas because it is an integral part of the Hispanic Culture and my heritage. For the subject matter of my tortilla paintings, I use imagery that is representative of Latinos, conveying their hopes, art, beliefs, and history. As the tortilla has given us life, I give it new life by using it as an art medium.

The preparation of the tortilla for painting is as important as the actual painting itself. I first bake several tortillas to get the right texture, shape and coloration for the image I want to paint.

I select a tortilla and paint the image on with acrylic paint. After the paint dries, I seal the tortilla against moisture and insects with an acrylic varnish to preserve it. The varnish drys to a hard pliable finish that will last for many years. The tortilla artwork is further protected when encased in a custom-made shadow box frame that gives it an elegant look for displaying on a wall or tabletop.”

Bravo’s Tortilla Artworks are part of a high-quality limited edition series. Each painting possesses unique characteristics and no two works are alike.