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, it was the paintbrushes that 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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  • Thammy NhammisSaturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    I think the painting is okay. yay
    • italy125
      italy125Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm
      a pig painting. Ok now I have seen everything. #So cool
      • inmemoryofcpr
        inmemoryofcprTuesday, June 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm
        Excelente!! Muy bonito!!
        • soccergirl14
          soccergirl14Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:08 am
          pigs are amazing and awesome
          • soccergirl14
            soccergirl14Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:07 am
            and going back to painting her heart out because we think she likes it!
            • soccergirl14
              soccergirl14Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:06 am
              the pig should be free with her owner!
              • zombiewar
                zombiewarTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm
                I own him
                • bartholomew
                  bartholomewMonday, May 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm
                  TOTALLY AWESOME PIG 🐖🐷🐽🦄.
                  • savageunicorn62
                    savageunicorn62Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm
                    so cute!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • bartholomew
                      bartholomewMonday, May 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm
                      I know right!
                    • eveTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm
                      i like this article so much i think im going to use it for my current events ariticle in school