Pigcasso, a pig rescued from the slaughterhouse at just 3 years old is now a world-famous painter! You can follow her incredible journey on Instagram!
"Painting hearts is what I loveee"
Meet Pigcasso! Rescued in 2016 from hog farming facility and now lives at Farm Sanctuary SA just outside Cape Town, South Africa. At just 3 years old and 1,000 pounds, this pig called Pigcasso has taken the world by storm with her intelligence and painting skills! Her paintings are sold all over the world!
"Tadaaa watch me pose in my artstudio ...love my canvas and paints ...photo by : @deborahrossouw.photo"
According to her owner and the sanctuary's founder, Joanne Lefson, painting came very naturally to Pigcasso. Soon after she was rescued, Lefson gave Pigcasso some items to play with and she immediately gravitated toward the paint brushes.
"Painting painting painting ... I just love it!!!"
Lefson told CBS News, "For some reason, she took a knack to the paintbrushes and it wasn't long before she was dancing the brush across the canvas and selling artworks all over the world."
"Friday is Paintday! Yaiii...watch me and come to my gallery which opens very sooooon"
Don't worry though! Pigcasso uses a tailor-made brush and child-friendly, non-toxic paint to create her masterpieces. Plus, she signs the corner of each of her complete paintings with the tip of her snout, using a mixture of beetroot and acrylic ink. And when she's not painting? Pigcasso loves to snack on caramel popcorn, her favorite!
"Making a media appearance at OINK in the V&A Waterfront"
Pigcasso is certainly bringing home the bacon, in a major way! Pigcasso artwork typically sells between anywhere from $500 to an impressive $4,500, and so far has sold about $145,000! All her proceeds go to the sanctuary. In 2018, she became the first animal to host her own exhibition, "OINK," at The Waterfront in Cape Town! You can also find and purchase her artwork online.
"IT’S FINALLY HERE! Tick tock, tick tock..."
This month, Pigcasso launched a collaboration her first ever collaboration with a major brand, Swatch, a popular watch brand that now features her famous brush strokes to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig! Lefson told CBS that Swatch contacted Pigcasso following her popular "OINK" exhibition! "They gave guidelines on the colors and general style, Pigcasso did the rest!" she said. All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition watches will go to the sanctuary. Way to go, Pigcasso!
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