eL Seed uses Arabic calligraphy and a distinctive style to spread messages of peace, unity and to underline the commonalities of human existence. His artwork can be found all over the world and consistently aim at unifying communities and redressing stereotypes.
Born in 1981 in Paris to Tunisian parents he spent his youth learning graffiti and breakdancing. He was disconnected from his Arabic roots, speaking only the Tunisian dialect of the language at home. In his teenage years in a kind of quest for his identity, he began to delve into his own heritage and learned to read and write standard Arabic.
It was during this journey that he began to develop his artistic style of calligraphy, which would later bring him worldwide acclaim…
eL Seed works in the public sphere. His work is not signed and he doesn’t claim ownership upon them. He works for the people and most of the time, with the people. This idea of democratising art extends to his studio space. He works from a warehouse in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai where the door is always open. He wants people to be able to visit him at any time and witness the way he works. The studio space is a reflection of what he does in public.