Meet Pigcasso, The World's First Pig Artist

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Pigcasso at work (Photo Credit: pigcasso.org)

Though pigs may never fly, a two-year-old hog in Franschhoek, South Africa is proving they sure can paint! Meet Pigcasso, the world’s first known pig artist whose masterpieces are selling for thousands of dollars to benefit Farm Sanctuary S.A., Africa’s only registered shelter for rescued farm animals.

Joanne Lefson, who saved Pigcasso from a slaughterhouse two years ago, discovered the animal’s artistic talent accidentally. The South African activist says of the numerous toys presented to keep the then four-week-old piglet entertained, the paintbrushes seemed to attract her the most. They "were the only thing she didn't eat," Lefson quips.

Pigcasso’s abstract art (Photo Credit farmsanctuarysa.org)

The rescuer decided to present the pig with canvas and paint and see what happened. To her delight, the aptly named Pigcasso began creating works of art that can best be described as “abstract expressionism.” Now weighing a hefty 450 pounds, the celebrated pig, who loves to paint the area’s scenic landscapes, has a dedicated “studio” at Farm Sanctuary S.A. where she resides. Though Pigcasso does get to snack from an “overloaded picnic basket” containing her favorite foods — like caramel popcorn and syrup peaches — when working, Lefson says, “I do not force her to paint. She paints when she wants to.”

Pigcasso’s artwork, which has thus far been sold online, is currently on display at Cape Town’s picturesque Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Dubbed “Oink,” the pop-up exhibition will run through March 5 before heading to London‚ Paris‚ Berlin, and Amsterdam. Lefson says its main aim is to highlight the effect of animal agriculture on the planet and inspire change.

Pigcasso at work (Photo Credit: pigcasso.org)

While Pigcasso is the first pig and first nonhuman to headline an exhibition, she is not the first animal to create masterpieces. Elephants, sea lions, and even penguins have shown similar artistic prowess – in exchange for some treats, of course!

Resources: odditycentral.com,mirror.co.uk, pigcasso.org


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1646 Comments
  • devapisarkar
    devapisarkarFriday, June 26, 2020 at 8:34 am
    That is so cool
    • animal_love
      animal_loveThursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:54 pm
      The pig is so cut and god gifted to have such talent as a pig.
      • lotterywinner32
        lotterywinner32Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:34 am
        Pigcasso is SSSSOOO CCCCUTTTEE *in short Pigcasso is adorable😍😍
        • l78
          l78Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:34 am
          HE IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • cocobean2300
            cocobean2300Monday, June 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm
            GO pigcasso!
            • lovebooks123
              lovebooks123Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm
              That was so adorable
              • gachabloxy
                gachabloxyTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 6:44 am
                umm...sorry i don't really understand mordern art
                • l78
                  l78Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:48 pm
                  Cute, weird, and cool at the same time!!!!
                  • lioness9
                    lioness9Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 9:34 am
                    That is cool but a little weird!
                    • bsc
                      bscTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:15 am
                      OMG! That's awesome!!!