Meet Pigcasso, The World's First Pig Artist


Pigcasso at work (Photo Credit:

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

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:

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!


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  • bidibazy-156508645146
    bidibazy-156508645146Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:40 am
    • chocolate168
      chocolate168Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:46 pm
      That's cool!
      • ghost_dk_diemx
        ghost_dk_diemxSaturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:52 pm
        I've heard of this somehwere somewhere. I know it! My sister and I had a praying mantis and we figured out he likes to dance! So we would play music while he danced on my sister's hand. Then he died... R.I.P ;<
        • Animal loverFriday, November 8, 2019 at 6:53 pm
          Its super cute and all but I wouldn't buy a pig painting for THOUSANDS of dollars, I mean really look at how it "paints", I have seen way better, truth can hurt but that's what I think, SRRY!!
          • ganuberu-156718003764
            ganuberu-156718003764Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:23 am
            This pig is the cutest!
            • mad_dog
              mad_dogTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm
              so cute
              • RomySunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:18 pm
                This is the most ausome and cool thing ever,I love pigs
                • miss_nana_queen
                  miss_nana_queenThursday, October 24, 2019 at 1:28 pm
                  OMG!! That lil pig artist is better than me OMG!
                  • panda unicornThursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:52 am
                    so cute and so cool. it is amasing
                    • goldenfoxy567
                      goldenfoxy567Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:17 am
                      this was a good article and it is also vary cute