10 most famous animal artists

The elephants, chimpanzees, dogs and other creators, not related to the human race, can earn thousands of dollars in his paintings.
Painting our smaller brethren, are in great demand. Collectors give them hundreds of thousands of dollars, willing to spend large-scale gallery exhibition Van Gogh Bobikov and Meow. In the ranking of Forbes - 10 artists who have to hold the brush is not in hand, and leg or in the teeth.

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1. Chimpanzee Congo.
The cost of paintings: $ 900-8500
Chimpanzee Congo - perhaps the most famous artists from the world of animals. In 2005 at Bonhams auction three of his paintings were sold for a total of £ 14, 400. Even though this triumph of the Congo itself is not found - he died of tuberculosis at age 10 in 1964 - thank found him still alive. Among the admirers of the talented artists chimpanzees were Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Creativity Congo found British zoologist Desmond Morris. He first proposed a chimpanzee pencil and a sheet of paper. It soon turned out that the Congo is able to draw a circle, and even owns the base composition. With the colors of the Congo has made friends at once: at first he just sprayed them on paper. However, after two years of enhanced training, he learned how to hold a brush and mix colors. Congo drew exclusively within the canvas, do not intercede for its borders. He seemed keenly aware of when you need to make the last stroke and complete work on another painting.

The first exhibition was held in the Congo in 1957 and caused a great public outcry. During his lifetime, the chimpanzee has created more than 400 paintings and drawings, and in recent years he had become addicted to painting that could make a real tantrum when Morris was carrying a brush and paint.

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2. Asian elephants (Thailand)
The cost of paintings: $ 200-12000
The project for the development of creativity and the protection of Asian elephants (AEACP, The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project) was launched in the late 1990s. In its origins was a creative artist "Komar and Melamid» (Komar & Melamid). American artists of Russian origin, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid have developed a unique system of training elephants painting and went to Thailand to give the animals a new job, was out of work after the introduction of restrictions on deforestation.

AEACP expanded rapidly: today its divisions exist not only in Thailand but also in Indonesia and Cambodia, as well as in Sri Lanka. Elephants live in large camps, as a rule, in the woods or in the immediate vicinity. They prefer different styles of painting: one creates abstract paintings, one can fairly reliably depict a tree or a bunch of flowers, and some of the strength to write a self-portrait. Animal output even in the open air, and taught to draw from life. Work elephants artists can be purchased through the official website of the project. Together with the picture of the buyer receives a certificate of authenticity and biographical information about the author of the work.

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3. Ocelot Pedfut.
Pedfut - a favorite of visitors to the zoo in Phoenix, Arizona. Inhabitants of tropical forests in Latin America, the ocelot is considered a rare species, and not every zoo can boast of such an exhibit. A unique double Pedfut he also has the talent of the painter, who ministers opened it in 2004. Then this cat just went to the zoo and often missed. To entertain him, rangers decided to nail to the wall of the enclosure canvas and make it a few strokes of paint. Ocelot soon became interested in the canvas and began to rub it on the neck, head, and then the whole body. This technique among artists cats - rare: they usually use the front paws.

It is believed that domestic cats are more prone to painting than wild. Some people believe that this phenomenon originated in Ancient Egypt: in the 90 years of the twentieth century, was allegedly found dumping, which contained the papyrus with cat paw prints. In 1994 he even published a book titled "Why cats paint?": Its authors told with humor that encourages pets to paint, describe the basic techniques and genres, which they prefer. The book also contains brief biographies of the artists, purring. Pedfuta not among them, but that does not prevent him to please fans with new masterpieces and sell them on online auctions.

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4. Mustang Choya
Cost Picture: 900-10 $ 000
Choya Mustang received its name in honor of one of the varieties of cactus. At the ranch of his own trained hard cowboy methods, and when Choya bought ballerina Renee Chambers, he was greatly injured both physically and psychologically. Rene few years won the trust of the mustang, and eventually he began to walk on her heels.

April 29, 2004 Rene painted fence Choyya as always was there. The woman suddenly remembered that her pet likes to take various objects in the mouth. She decided to see what would happen if one of these items will brush. Rene nailed to the fence a piece of paper, dipped the brush in the paint and held it to muzzle Choyi. Thus began a career mustang artist whose work has been exhibited and were acquired by collectors in America and far beyond its borders. Painting was for Choyi not only main hobby, but also a kind of therapy: the horse has fully recovered from the effects of ill-treatment. Moreover, as the Italian scientist Danilo Mainardi, Choya creates his paintings, not because it taught him, and quite spontaneously.

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5. Turtle Koopa
The cost of paintings: $ 125-200
The owner of the bug named Koopa - an eccentric artist from the United States Kira Ayn Varzedzhi who writes his pictures of naked breasts. One day it occurred to her to attach to the work of your pet, and a few months out of the ordinary tortoise Koopa turned into a world-famous artist. In each of the 50 states of America have at least one picture Kupa, leaving his work in Canada and Australia, Germany and the UK, Italy and the Netherlands, Belgium and Bahrain. Part of the proceeds from their sale, was handed over to organizations that are engaged in saving the turtles.

Draw Coupe helped hostess. Kira Ayn Varzedzhi squeezed from a tube onto a sheet of construction paper paint that creeping Kupa smeared belly. Thus he created the original fabric, which may well be attributed to the school of abstract expressionism, as Cyrus invented for them sonorous name - "Energy", "Symphony", "Lost in Translation." For 5 years, Coop, "wrote" more than 800 paintings: the creation of each of them he took an average of about 20 minutes.

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6. Chimpanzees Chita
The cost of paintings: from $ 135
Age Cheats - the oldest in the world of the chimpanzee - has already passed for 75 years. It was old, but not old in spite of the "female" name, Chita - male. First, his name Dzhiggzom and "feminine" the nickname he received after in 1930-1940-starred in several films of Tarzan of his faithful friend - a monkey Chita. Long acting career Chita ended in 1967. After retiring on a pension, chimpanzees found refuge in a villa Dan Vestafalya in Palm Springs (CA) - a kind of a nursing home for the primates, which in the past were the stars of show business. Keep this private reserve Vestafalyu help sales revenue of pictures of Chita and his grandson Jeter. Chita Works exhibited in the National Museum in London, and in 2008 published his "avtorbiografiya" called "I read." The name of the author on the cover has not been specified: Cheats guardians jokingly say that such a talented monkey could easily cope with the writing of the book alone.

During his long life Chita had become addicted not only to painting, but also hamburgers and Coke, and smoking cigars. Several years ago the eminent primate found diabetes, and now Dan Westphal holds him on a strict diet.

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7. dolphin Argasi Gabija and Gloria
The cost of paintings: $ 40-3000
Dolphins are among the most intellectually developed members of the family of mammals. Many of them are prone to creative activity, so the dolphins artists - are not uncommon, and some achieve great success on the beautiful field. Just like the bottlenose dolphin Argasi, Gloria and Gabija - the inhabitants of the Dolphinarium at the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda.

Draw helps to dolphins coach: he is holding a sheet of paper on a solid substrate, and the palette. But choosing the paint color dolphins themselves. Holding the brush in his mouth, they cause her chaotic strokes. And every artist has a special technique, and the viewer can easily recognize, whose authorship belongs to one or another picture. Argasi, leader of the pack, prefer bright colors and wide writes, sure strokes. Pictures Gloria - air and graceful, and paintings Gabii different special skill and agility. Works dolphin trio were presented at the exhibition "Message of water", which took place in 2010 at the Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad, and has them periodically put up for sale as part of charity auctions.

Besides Klaipeda, Dolphin artists can be found in Ufa and Gurzuf dolphinariums and dolphin island of Key Largo (CA) offers visitors even for $ 125 to take part in a session of painting.

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8. Jack Russell Terrier Tillamook Cheddar
The cost of paintings: $ 1000-2150
Jack Russell Terrier Tillamook Cheddar, or simply Tilly, it can compete with a two-legged artists. On account of Tilly - 20 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe. She repeatedly became a popular TV shows and articles about it appeared in the pages of such prestigious publications as Esquire and The Guardian. In 2006 even out a biographical book, which was described by Tilley creative way. Its author - the writer F. Bowman Hastie III, to the part-owner of Tilly. He himself, however, prefers to call himself not the master, and assistant. Without an assistant Tilly did not do: the masterpieces she "writes" on special canvas. To prepare a canvas, it is necessary to fix on a sheet of watercolor paper sheet of copy paper and wrap the workpiece protective film. The protective film is required to Tilly destroyed in the process of creating a painting: it does not use brushes - just the claws and teeth. The dog scratches and bites the top layer of the workpiece - a blueprint, leaving imprints on the bottom layer - watercolor paper. Thus Tilley creates something like lithographs whose cost can reach several thousand dollars.

In 2005, the artist quadrupedal whelp, but none of the six offspring of her talent is not inherited. Bowman Hastie also contends that most Tilly woke up craving for art still in the age of six months.

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9. Boar Smithfield
The cost of paintings: $ 50-150
The native of Richmond (Virginia) boar Smithfield given the nickname Pig-casso - from the English «pig» and the names of Picasso. Mistress grunting painter Fran Martin quickly managed to teach a pig to keep inquisitive mouth brush and drive it on the paper. Martin says that her favorite color pet - blue, he often chooses a brush with blue paint it (scientists, however, argue that the pigs do not distinguish colors). The ability of boar quickly managed to gain popularity in the country. Smithfield times became an honorary guest of major trade fairs and various charity events, it even invited to the Oprah Winfrey show. Fran Martin prudently Smithfield taught to smile and pose for the camera. Animal willingly speaks to the audience and enjoying all the attention.

In 2003, Smithfield was diagnosed with cancer of the nose - or, in his case, cancer Piglet. The artist had to go through chemotherapy and several operations. The disease was able to win, and now Fran Martin jokingly compares your pet with Vincent van Gogh: he lost part of an ear, and Smithfield - part of the snout.

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10. Aardvark Stewie
The cost of paintings not sold
A resident of Oregon Angela Goodwin took anteater Stewie from a shelter for abandoned animals. In her house by the time he lived another anteater - female named Pua. In contrast to Stewie, who was born in Florida, Pua got to America from Guyana.

Stewie quickly made himself at home in the new location: began to open cupboards and cabinets, desk drawers to climb in and ride on the refrigerator door. Angela trained anteater simple trick: to stand and walk on their hind legs, in front waving farewell, kissing and even eat with a spoon. After Stewie took the spoon into the hands of the brush. Then Angela Goodwin wrote in her blog: "I very much hope that he will enjoy the pleasure of drawing. It is necessary that he began to use his intelligence to something other than pranks ».

Compared with other animals, pictures of artists works Stewie look amateur. We can not, however, exclude the possibility that eventually the talent aardvark could be developed. Stewie fans know that it was not possible in 2008 Stewie died of autoimmune diseases.

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Source: www.forbes.ru

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