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'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 of his largest artworks, a 47-metre high minaret symbolising unity, in the southern Tunisian city of Gabes. The following year, the artist 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. Same year, eL Seed collaborated with 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. In 2016, he became the winner of UNESCO Sharjah prize for Arab Culture. He has been a TED fellow since 2015.