Bravo for tortilla art!

I’m guessing I grossed some of you innocent blog readers out with my last post, so here is a happy diversion that is sure to make you smile and say – “Whoa.”

Tortilla art!

Today I recieved a really cool email from Larry Duncan, the owner of the company I work for. He sent me the link to this story that appeared in the Fresno Bee today. It’s a piece on Joe Bravo, a man who uses tortillas as canvases!

Visitors to Arte Américas in downtown Fresno can judge for themselves the substance of Bravo’s unique art through Aug. 3. They will see such work as “Checano,” his take on an iconic photo of Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara in modern mode for Chicanos. Bravo has Guevara wearing cool sunglasses, his right fist thrust up across his chest.

In all, 20 tortilla pieces and 10 of Bravo’s regular paintings are on display. His first-ever exhibit in Fresno opened Friday.

“Chicano artists for years have done this kind of work in the past on tortillas,” says Abelino Bautista, visual arts consultant for the Fresno museum. “For some reason, he seems more contemporary.”

Bravo’s tortilla art is attracting more attention. His exhibit this year at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Los Angeles was well received. He’s appeared on the Tyra Banks television talk show. He has even been nominated for a Food Network Award. His next show is in Hong Kong. His art sells from $1,800 to more than $3,000 each.

Besos y Balas
Acrylic on Flour Tortilla
Framed 28″ x 28″

This is what Joe says about his technique:

“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.”

Right on, mi hermano! Here is Joe Bravo’s web site, more than worthy of your time!!
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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