Meet Pigcasso, The World's First Pig Artist

By on

CCSS Word Search
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, 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 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


Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for this article.

VocabularyPlay Game

abstract expressionismaccidentallyaptlybenefitdedicatedentertainedheftyhighlighthoginspiremasterpiecespicturesqueprowessquipsregisteredscenicslaughterhouse
Name:
Date:

Reading Comprehension (9 questions)

  1. What has Pigcasso proven?
  2. Who benefits from the proceeds of Pigcasso’s paintings?
Name:
Date:

Critical Thinking Challenge

Do you think Pigcasso’s paintings are fetching high prices because...

Name:
Date:

Vocabulary in Context

“Now weighing a hefty 450 pounds, the celebrated pig, who loves to paint the area’s scenic landscapes, has a dedicated “studio” at Farm...

1505 Comments
Sign in to use your custom avatar.
  • coolWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:26 am
    Awesome!!!!!!
    • Awesome Monday, October 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm
      That is so cool I am doing a project on him for school
      • $$$$$Monday, October 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm
        Keep up the good work.
        • gooseSunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm
          awesome
          • MetoGG.O815Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:37 am
            sooo cute
            • hiThursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:19 am
              cool
              • Dreamer Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:57 am
                Very cool
                • BéasummerMonday, October 15, 2018 at 11:04 am
                  I love 💕 Meet Pigcasso
                  • SmileFriday, October 12, 2018 at 7:47 am
                    How dare u eat pig
                    • SmileFriday, October 12, 2018 at 7:28 am
                      Cool

                      Recent Comments

                      chungus wrote:

                      The dog looks to have less hair ...
                      Perfectly Preserved Ice Age Anim...

                      man wrote:

                      he's must be good
                      Ray Villafane's Spooky Carvings ...

                      Felicia😻 wrote:

                      She is so talented! I’m sorry sh...
                      Kidney Stone Didn't Stop Simone ...

                      Snowboard_pro wrote:

                      I love her!! She is so inspiring...
                      Teenage Sensation Chloe Kim Snow...

                      Our Apps and Plugins

                      Awards

                      ALA