eL Seed

Born:
1981
Home Country:
France
Lives and Works:
Paris
Disciplines:
Architecture, Curator, Workshop Leader

French, Tunisian artist eL Seed is one of the leading practitioners of calligraffiti, an artistic style that blends the historic art of Arabic calligraphy and the modern art of graffiti.

Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed spent his formative years juggling different—and often conflicting—cultures, languages and identities. Today eL Seed's pieces emerge from the collision of two cultures, which clash and blend to form a new aesthetic identity. In 2012 eL Seed completed one his largest piece, a 47-metre high minaret symbolising unity, in the southern Tunisian city of Gabes. The following year, the artist went on to leave his unique mark on Qatar, when he was commissioned by Qatar Museums to paint traffic tunnels in Doha. That same year in Paris, eL Seed took part in La Tour Paris 13, the largest collective street art exhibition in the world.

eL Seed's art has been shown on the walls of many cities around the world including Paris, New York and Melbourne, and throughout his home country, Tunisia. In 2013, Condé Nast Traveler recognized him as one of that year's 'visionaries' for advocating peaceful expression and social progress through his work.

Proving that street art can collide with the luxury industry to amazing effect, in 2013 eL Seed also collaborated with the French luxury house, Louis Vuitton, creating a unique calligraffiti design for the classic monogram scarf as part of the Foulards d'Artiste project. He is the first and only Arab to have ever designed a collaborative product for the brand.

eL Seed is currently on a residency programme at Tashkeel.

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