A rescued pig in South Africa now paints works of beautiful art that funds the rescue farm where she lives.
As you can plainly see, Pigcasso is a pig. She was rescued from a hog farm way back in May of 2016 as just a wee piglet. Her rescuer was Joanne Lefson, founder of Farm Sanctuary SA, which is located just outside Cape Town, South Africa.
At the time, Lefson was just getting started with her animal sanctuary and was looking for her first recruits. When she acquired Pigcasso, she had no idea what she was in for -all she knew was that pigs were cute, fun, and surprisingly intelligent.
So she gave Pigcasso a series of around-the-house objects to play with one day, and wouldn’t you know it, Pigcasso went straight for the paintbrush. Then, she began frantically painting some of the most beautiful abstract expressionist art of the 21st century.
“It wasn’t long before she was dancing the brush across the canvas,” Lefson told Inside Edition. "Pigcasso is a unique, one-of-a-kind, talented diva pig.”
Here we get to see Pigcasso’s method. Note the short, brutal strokes she makes by whipping her head back and forth with the brush clenched in her maw, her passion and emotion clearly etched upon the canvas.
It wasn’t long before Pigasso began attracting attention. After art lovers from New York offered $800 for a small piece, Pigcasso’s international fame grew. Now she regularly sells art for an average of $1,600 each on her online store. All funds go towards covering the operating costs of the sanctuary, where she and a young bull named Baloo live.
She’s even done advertising deals with Nissan and Swatch. This pig is enjoying the success that most artists can only dream of.
Each piece comes with Pigcasso’s signature snout print, as well as a certificate of authenticity from Farm Sanctuary SA. Lefson hopes that Pigcasso’s talent will make people think twice about eating animals in the future.
“People are so far removed from what they eat and the average consumer would never eat meat if they knew how these animals were raised,” she said.