Tortilla Art

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When Chicano artist Joe Bravo ran out of money to buy canvas in the 1970s, he found a remedy in his kitchen:  corn tortillas.  As he moved forward in his career as a graphic designer, he resurrected and refined the technique, creating artistic celebrations of his home, family and Mexican heritage.  The dried and cooked tortillas take on a life of their own, with the burn marks inspiring Bravo’s designs.  His Aztec symbols, iconography and spiritual images have become popular with folk and fine art aficianadoes alike.

Joe Bravo is on exhibit indefinitely at Los Angeles’ Mexican Cultural Institute and he was nominated for a 2007 Food Network Award in the “Play With Your Food: Artwork With an Edible Twist” category.

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