Tortilla Art Recognized

Artist Joe Bravo nominated for Food Network Award

By Diana Martinez
Published on LatinoLA: February 21, 2007

Tortilla Art Recognized

Artist Joe Bravo, whose current show "Bravo: the tortilla art and other work by Joe Bravo" at the Mexican Cultural Institute has been extended, has been nominated for a Food Network Award in the category, ??Play with Your Food-- Art with an Edible Twist.??

Bravo will travel to Miami Beach Florida for the February 23rd ceremony. World-renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse will serve as the Master of Ceremonies with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Echart, Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Paula Dee among the presenters. The 90-minute ceremony will premiere on Food Network, Sunday, April 15th at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT.

Organizers of the Food Network Awards describe the event as ??an entertaining awards ceremony that will combine the fun of Food Network with the glamour of South Beach to make an entertaining, off-beat awards ceremony unlike any other on television.??

Bravo, an esteemed artist has received notoriety for his unique ??tortilla art?? that paints both cultural and every day images on large sized tortillas. Bravo first painted on a tortilla many years ago as a college student when he couldn?t afford canvas. He incorporates the marks from the flame that are created when the tortillas are warmed to help form the images that are his art. Bravo?s most popular tortilla art is of course, La Virgin de Guadalupe image painted on the tortilla, providing an everlasting and indelible Virgen sighting. ??I believe my tortilla artwork can last a couple of hundred years.??

Among this impressive artwork, Bravo has layered and cut tortillas to form a large colorful Aztec calendar and headdress that he wears for the thousands of people who have recently visited the exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute Downstairs Art Gallery at Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The exhibit has been extended through Sunday, April 22, 2007.

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