Joe Bravo first became internationally known for his use of Tortillas as an organic painting canvas over ten years ago. His Tortilla Artwork has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Miami, Fresno, and Park City-Utah and galleries throughout the Los Angeles area where he lives.

Bravo has appeared in several American television programs including The CBS Early Show, Tyra Banks Show, Channel 5 KTLA morning show, KNBC’s “Your L.A”, and was nominated for a Food Network award in 2007. Joe has also been interviewed by major Spanish-language media programs such as Al Rojo Vivo, Cada Dia, Despierta America, and on local news for the Univision and Telemundo Networks.

Joe’s unique Tortilla artwork has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salt Lake City Tribune, Fresno Bee and several “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” books as well as being showcased in Italian, German, Asian and other newspapers and magazines all over the world.

Joe Bravo Explains His Tortilla Art


Tortilla painting is more a collaboration between the artist and nature. It is not only about the artist painting on a tortilla, it is also about the tortilla suggesting themes for the artist to paint.

Visualize, contemplate, and imagine what the tortilla is conveying with it’s texture, burnt marks and appearance. Consider the tortilla as you would the smooth lines on a beautiful piece of natural wood, the veins of a marble stone, or the clouds in a bright blue sky. Use what you see on the tortilla as a starting point for your painting.

Step 1: Let the tortilla dry either naturally (about 2-3 days) or in the oven (monitor carefully).

Step 2: Cook the tortilla over an open flame on the stove top to get some interesting texture and color surfaces.

Step 3: Cover the tortilla with several coats of acrylic varnish on both sides, allowing each side to dry overnight.

Step 4: Look at the tortilla surface and texture and let it suggest a theme to you. Do you see people, a landscape, animals, stars or other objects? Then paint what you see on the tortilla and have fun with it.

Step 5: Once you finish painting, put another or several coats of varnish on the tortilla for further protection.

Step 6: When dry, mount the tortilla in a shadow box frame or some type of strong backing, such as a plastic paper plate, for displaying.