If you’re a keen social media user, you might have come across numerous viral videos of elephants and other animals trying to paint and being creative, but did you hear that pig was doing painting. Yes, meet Pigcasso, the world’s first artistic pig. Pigcasso - the painting pig was once saved from a slaughterhouse when she was a piglet in 2016 and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, in South Africa’s Western Cape region. Joanne Lefson, the sanctuary’s owner said that Pigcasso’s painting began as a way of keeping her entertained when she was brought to the sanctuary’s barn. After, just like that unusual artist in her was born. Now after she discovered a love of painting, her owners earn thousands of South African rand selling her artworks. The pig even has her very own website selling her paintings.
As per media reports, Lefson said Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn I thought how do I keep her entertained? We threw in some footballs, rugby balls and of course some paintbrushes were lying around because the barn was newly built. She ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes. She loved them so much. And then she started dipping the brushes into pots of paint and making her mark.
Pigcasso uses a tailor-made brush and child-friendly, non-toxic paint to make her abstract expressionist masterpieces and also signs the corner of each of her complete paintings with the tip of her snout, using a mixture of beetroot and acrylic ink.