PhillyFolk Artists

Ivonne Pinto García

Cartoneria (Papier-mâché)

Ivonne Pinto García is an artist and community organizer from San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, in Puebla, Mexico. In 2005, Ivonne migrated to Philadelphia where she involved herself in the local cultural scene, assisting other artists and promoting Mexican culture. Among her talents, she is skilled in the practice of cartoneria (papier-mache) to create piñatas for birthdays, arreglitos for spectacular quinceañeras, altarcitos as offerings, and the brightly colored and mythical alebrijes for Day of the Dead celebrations. She is also well-known for leading workshops in the creation of sugar skulls, which she has done for Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and Cesar Andreu Iglesias Gardens.

Ivonne recognizes art as being at the intersection of community and health, as such she has been critical in building strong support networks across the Mexican community of Philadelphia. She helps facilitate community members’ access to quality healthcare, education, expression, and wellness opportunities. As a grassroots organizer, Pinto has been a great advocate and supporter for institutions like Puentes de Salud, where she has volunteered for over ten years.