Ripley’s Believe IT or Not! – Joe Bravo’s artwork was published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! high-quality, coffee table book, “Prepare to be Shocked!” in August, 2008. Joe was featured in a 2-page spread in the book that also includes strange but true people, weird happenings, oddities of quirk and nature as well as interesting and bizarre feats. His art was well received and two more of his tortilla paintings will appear in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition to be released in 2010. www.ripleys.com/.
Kimball Art Center – Joe exhibited 40 tortilla paintings in Park City, Utah from February 2–March 30, 2008 following the Sundance Film Festival. There was a huge turnout for his reception on March 8 as well as throughout the run of the exhibit. www.kimball-art.org/.
KGB Studio & Gallery – Bravo’s exhibition which ran from October thru December, 2007, included Chinese-inspired paintings from his 2007 Hong Kong exhibition plus a tortilla headdress and costume adorned with kernels of corn from Farmlab’s “Not a Cornfield” project. A Day of the Dead community altar displayed his “Juarez Porque?” painting to honor the women of Juarez. www.kgbla.com.
Hong Kong New Town Plaza – Joe Bravo’s exhibition in Hong Kong was a tremendous success with thousands of people viewing his tortilla paintings at the entrance arena of the New Town Plaza Shopping Centre. While the exhibit ran from August 11–24, Joe demonstrated his painting technique for five days. He also did a portrait of Kate Tsui, Miss Hong Kong 2004 and a Chinese TV actress at a press conference.
Washington Post – Joe was interviewed by the Washington Post and published on Saturday, August 4, 2007. The article was written from a tongue-in-cheek perspective by staff writer William Booth, www.washingtonpost.com.
Hispanic Magazine –Joe and several of his tortilla paintings were featured in the September, 2007 issue.
CBS The Early Show – Joe appeared nationally on the CBS Early Show on Thursday, June 21. Interviewed by correspondent Hattie Kaufman, Bravo demonstrated and talked about his tortilla painting process. To read and view segment, please go to www.cbsnews.com
KTLA Morning Show – Joe was interviewed live by Gayle Anderson for the L.A. morning news program on KTLA Channel 5, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Olvera Street.
Tyra Banks TV Show – Bravo’s appearance on the Tyra Banks television show was repeatedly broadcast throughout the month of May, 2007. Joe presented his tortilla portraits of Tyra and Hillary Duff to them after conducting a tortilla painting workshop before a live studio audience.
Los Angeles Times – Joe Bravo’s interview by Agustin Gurza appeared on the front page of the L.A. Times Calendar section on Monday, March 26, 2007. The article titled, “May Lead to Craving” gave a good overview of Bravo’s art background and history of his tortilla artwork. Several peoples’ impressions were also recorded concerning Joe’s art exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
KCRW – Joe was interviewed by Evan Kleiman on L.A. radio station KCRW’s Good Food program on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. where he talked about his tortilla art.
Gastronomica – Bravo’s tortilla painting, “Besos y Balas”, was featured in the Spring 2007 national issue of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.
Tortilla Painting Sale – Bravo’s “Virgen de Guadalupe” tortilla painting was purchased by “Flea”, the bassist for the rock group, the “Red Hot Chili Peppers”.
Food Network – Joe’s tortilla artwork was nominated for a Food Network Award in the category “Play With Your Food: Artwork With an Edible Twist”. Bravo walked the red carpet at the awards ceremony on February 23rd in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The show aired nationally on the Food Network on April 15th, 2007, www.sobewineandfoodfest.com.
Telemundo – Joe Bravo’s artwork appeared in the Telemundo youth program, “Nitido”, on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 12:00 p.m., Channel 52. The pre-taped segment showed his artwork at the Mexican Cultural Institute and his tortilla preparation process in his studio.
Univision – Joe appeared January 8, 2007 on Channel 34’s 2-hour morning news program, “Primera Edición”, doing a live tortilla painting as well as being interviewed by the anchor people.
Telemundo – Bravo was interviewed by Francisco Cuevas in his studio and at the Mexican Cultural Institute on his tortilla painting technique which aired on the Spanish news magazine, “Al Rojo Vivo”, on January 12, 2007.
SiTV – Joe did an interview on January 8, 2007 with SiTV’s Veronica Jacuinde at the Mexican Cultural Institute which will air on the program “On the Up”.
Pocho Hour of Power – The Friday evening before his Olvera Street opening at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Joe was interviewed on KPFK’s “Pocho Hour of Power” on his Tortilla Art exhibition and process by Lalo Alcaraz and co-hosts on November 17, 2006.
Los Angeles Times – Five of Bravo’s tortilla paintings accompanied by an article appeared in a quarter page section of the Sunday Calendar print edition as well as their website on November 26, 2006,
San Fernando Sun – Joe was featured on the front cover in both the English and Spanish sections. Several of his tortilla paintings were published and each section had a two page spread on January 11, 2007.
DowntownLALife – Joe appeared on their internet home page during the month of December.
McDonald’s – Joe was contracted to be a spokesperson for McDonald’s new tortilla menu item, the Snack Wrap. He unveiled a portrait of Ronald McDonald at the 8-1-06 launch event at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Triumph of Our Communities, Four Decades of Mexican American Art published some of Joe’s artworks (pages 258 and 281) in 2005. The 11″x14″ colorful, coffee-table book depicts Latino artists and Latino arts organizations/galleries throughout the United States.
The Tate Gallery in London included Bravo’s Fridalupe tortilla painting in the catalogue for their Frida Kahlo exhibit, which ran from June thru October, 2005. The exhibition’s curator, Emma Dexter, used the artwork as a comparative illustration in her catalogue essay.