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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  • DOGES AND KITTITuesday, November 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    SO glad they saved her from the slaughterhouse :3
    • DOGES AND KITTITuesday, November 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm
      This is is so cool, I'm honored to be able to present this to my class.
      • DOGES AND KITTISunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm
        YEP this is amazing CUTIE
        • sofieSaturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:36 am
          she is soooo cute
          • sofieSaturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:34 am
            pigs are my absolute favorite!
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              zodiacFriday, November 9, 2018 at 11:57 am
              I love pigs so much, it's nice to see pigs are evolving!
              • pipFriday, November 9, 2018 at 11:51 am
                • AllisonFriday, November 9, 2018 at 11:16 am
                  i love art
                  • Mr. PFriday, November 9, 2018 at 10:55 am
                    Such good learning for kids
                    • JoshFriday, November 9, 2018 at 10:52 am
                      So Talented and Smart pig i'm glad they saved him from a slaugherhouse :3

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