Meet Pigcasso, The World's First Pig Artist

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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.

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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.

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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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  • newsflash!fakeWednesday, July 11, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    That was one very good artist pig! (Pigcasso!)
    • FlamingoMonday, July 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm
      If this can happen soon pigs will be able to fly... XD
      • RayWednesday, June 27, 2018 at 8:41 am
        They should put that in paris
        • katie19109
          katie19109Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm
          This is so amazing
          • spykitten
            spykittenFriday, June 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
            Wow! That is one cool pig. I want to meet him!
            • angel villescazTuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:17 am
              good one it was not funny
              • angel villescazTuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:16 am
                that was awsoooooooooooooooooooooooome
                • katie19109
                  katie19109Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm
                  yeah it's so awesome
                • Wow Monday, June 18, 2018 at 9:36 am
                  Wow! That is so cool. The pig needs a round of aplouse
                  • LuliSunday, June 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm
                    Wow that's crazy awesome🐷🐷💙
                    • greenbunnies
                      greenbunniesFriday, June 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm
                      I saw a pig 🐖 paint on a tv show 🐖🐷🐖🐷🐖🐷

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