Franschhoek’s beloved Pigcasso reaches out in support of Italy.

With a loyal Italian fan base, local Franschhoek Wine Valley resident ‘artist extraordinaire’ Pigcasso was recently approached by an Italian art agency to donate a piece of his spectacular artwork.

This work of art forms part of a collection to be auctioned on eBay, with the proceeds of all the artworks going towards assisting with the relief efforts in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Franschhoek takes pride of place in Pigcasso’s heart, she has a soft spot for Italy and this collaboration was a no brainer for her.

Pigcasso’s painting partner is Jo Lefson (aka his human) and together this duo has taken the art world by storm since the launch of their definitive Abstract Expressionist artwork collection in 2017. An extraordinary partnership, together Jo and Pigcasso aim to challenge the status quo, igniting debate on the definition of art while also using their collaborative talent to highlight the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on climate change. Proceeds from the sale of Jo and Pigcasso’s other artworks benefit Farm Sanctuary SA – the inspiring registered NPO situated in Franschhoek, where they both reside.

As a sidenote, Pigcasso chooses to paint having been given a collection of toys to stimulant her when first arriving at the Animal Sanctuary, and turning to the paintbrushes and paint as an outlet. She is never ‘forced to’ or rolled out to entertain, that is against the ethics of the sanctuary. Rescued from the brink of extinction at a South African pig ‘farm’ she is now in hog heaven inspiring consumers to see farm animals in a whole new light, awakening a connection and creating a more sustainable world for all kind.

I’ve met her and she’s a gem of a girl who loves her food, and tickles behind her ears.

Do visit the Farm Sanctuary SA when in the valley, there are som many wonderful animals to meet and appreciate. To follow Pigcasso’s antics visit

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