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    Cholla, the amazing painting horse, to have Venice exhibition Photo: AP

    Cholla, the amazing painting horse, to have Venice exhibition Photo: AP

    Cholla, the amazing painting horse, to have Venice exhibition Photo: AP

    Curators at Galleria Giudecca 795, described as "an innovative place for art and culture", decided to stage the one-horse show after being impressed by the works of Cholla, a 23-year-old mustang-cross from Reno, Nevada.
    Paintings by the 15-hand horse have sold for more than 2,000 and collectors include Martha Stewart, the businesswoman queen of American home-making.
    Cholla - pronounced Choy-ah - uses his mouth to hold a brush and paints on an easel-mounted canvas in his paddock.
    Rosalba Giorcelli, from the gallery, said when she first saw Cholla's art she did not realise it was painted by a horse.
    She said: "We exhibited it at a recent art fair, and the reactions by the public and the artists were enthusiastic.
    "They all understood we did not want to diminish any human artist's artwork, but we wish to contribute to a debate about contemporary art.
    "Some of the abstract artists who visited us are sceptical, most are curious and they are eager to see other works by Cholla.
    "He does not imitate any style or painter, he does not repeat the signs, like trained elephants do."
    Cholla's owner, Renne Chambers, 51, said she first noticed Cholla's hidden talent four years ago.
    She said he used to follow her around his paddock when she white-washed the fence.
    She said: "He seemed really interested in what I was doing then one day my husband Robert joked to me that I should give Cholla a brush.
    "He hasn't looked back since then, I give him the canvas and the paint and he just makes these wonderful pictures.
    "I have thought he might be the reincarnation of a famous artist, maybe Monet or someone, but the one thing he is definitely is a horse who loves to paint.
    She questioned the assumption that only humans could be artists: "Art is an expression of intelligence and animals are capable of thought and creative intention, so why should God give the gift of creation to humans only? God loves us all, great and small."

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