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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  • stoneman20
    stoneman20Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:52 am
    im glad she saved the pig from the slaugter- house
    • stoneman20
      stoneman20Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:42 am
      that's AWESOME!
      • stoneman20
        stoneman20Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:33 am
        • abanderadita
          abanderaditaWednesday, January 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm
          when you just love pigs, you can't say no.
          • chips3632972
            chips3632972Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm
            When you realize that the pig might be a better artist then you.
            • waguzeto-156811119673
              waguzeto-156811119673Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:40 am
              • pukagihe-156916086775
                pukagihe-156916086775Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm
                what a beutiful,graseful,and funny pig!!!!!!
                • seli9nawu0803
                  seli9nawu0803Monday, December 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm
                  SUPER cute mah fav animal
                  • bidibazy-156508645146
                    bidibazy-156508645146Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:40 am
                    • chocolate168
                      chocolate168Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:46 pm
                      That's cool!