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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  • ROBLOXWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:57 am
    2012 1st April
    • noahWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:54 am
      • PranaviWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:52 am
        soooooooo loud
        • goth
          gothWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:53 am
          • gum-gum
            gum-gumWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:28 am
            mister pig could you give me a painting?
            • hiWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:04 am
              she is so cool i bet if i train my pet to do that i would be amaze
              • SarahPloveWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:25 am
                • SarahPloveWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:20 am
                  Happy b-day me!
                  • :)Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:14 am
                    that's really cute! you don't see that everyday!!
                    • MarmaladeWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:46 am
                      Dear, Pigcasso That is some amazing art work there, It is way better than I could ever do, that there is one talented piggy! I'm jelly. Pigcasso, your so casso Pigcasso, you are so cute, yes Pigcasso you make me wanna throw up glitter and rainbows, your so beutiful and chubby, oh Pigcasso, you are so cute and such an insperation! I think I'm in love! If you ever read this revew, that would mean the world to me, and my cats. They would be so interested in meeting you, seriuosly! I would love a singned paper that you singed! I've met a few animals in my day, but I would love to meet you. You make me wanna just run, find a pig, name it Piggycasso,and have it so I can think I'm at least close to you! Jk, no pig would ever replace you, If I knew were you were I would send you fan mail! I'm your number one fan! I can be your best buddy! But only in my dreams (; Sincerly, Marmalade P.S I think you are ten times better than the Picasso, truley! He might make abstract art, but you make beutiful art, let me know if you have any internships coming up, it would menan the world to me if I could work for you! Now, Sincerly, Marmalade

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