Meet the Pig Taking Over the Art World


| LAST UPDATE 12/31/2021

By Eliza Gray
Pigcasso painting rescue pig
Instagram via @pigcassohoghero

You've heard of the saying, "When pigs fly," but what about "When pigs paint?" Well, as unthinkable as it may sound, it indeed has happened. Meet Pigcasso, the pig with a serious knack for art.

Like many artists, Pigcasso's talents weren't recognized from the get-go. In fact, she was on the fast track to a slaughterhouse before Joanne Lefson stepped in. The animal lover founded Farm Sanctuary South Africa and welcomed the rescued pig to her plot of land in Franschhoek, South Africa. But even then, Joanne had no idea of the talents that her latest rescue possessed. It was only after Pigcasso destroyed everything in her pen except for a set of paintbrushes that Lefson had the idea of a lifetime. And so, she set up a canvas and swatch of colors for the pig to experiment with. And it simply took off from there.

artistic pig south africa
Instagram via @pigcassohoghero

The pig has created hundreds of unique pieces filled with bright colors and exciting brush strokes. But a Pigcasso piece isn't a Pigcasso piece without the pig's signature stamp: a print of her nose on each finished painting. It didn't take long for the story to spread of this rescued animal and her incredible creative might, and in just six years, Pigcasso has been featured on BBC, CNN, and beyond.

And she's gained quite a reputation in the artistic world. From SWATCH watch designs to wine label creations, Pigcasso's potential has grown far beyond the South African farm she now calls home. In fact, Jane Goodall has even seen her work in person! From Amsterdam to London, Pigcasso's OINK! Exhibition has spread like wildfire, with some serious art buyers stopping by to get their hands on one of the one-of-a-kind pieces. And with each sale, proceeds go right back into the pockets of the Farm Sanctuary SA to ensure that more animals can be rescued by Joanne Lefson and her team.

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If you'd like to see more of Pigcasso's work, you can follow her Instagram page at @pigcassohoghero. And be sure to check back soon for more unexpected stories from around the world!