Meet Pigcasso, The World's First Pig Artist

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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


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  • cover girlThursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:55 am
    That pig is so cute
    • kking522
      kking522Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:21 am
      I love this people are paying A LOT for a picture WAYY worse than a picture a kindergarterner can draw juz cuz a pig drew it
      • cirycifadafele
        cirycifadafeleThursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:48 am
        That is not true!!!! Her artwork is cool!!!!!!!
      • 1357Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:34 am
        strange but cute:)
        • lygumogimadupu
          lygumogimadupuWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm
          that is so cool i really want to buy one of the pigs paint and he is soo cute
          • cirycifadafele
            cirycifadafeleThursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:49 am
            I know me to she is cute
          • 1234Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm
            this is to COOL!serisly
            • #pigcassoiswerdWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm
              Like seriously!
              • USAWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm
                WOO PIG SOOIE!!!!!!!!!!! GO ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS!!!!!!!!!!!
                • KirbyWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm
                  Oh my goodness, I love the video!
                  • DOGOWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:24 pm
                    This is cool!
                    • DA BEASTWednesday, February 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm
                      BEAST PAINTED BRO SICK

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