eL Seed is a contemporary artist whose practice crosses the discipline of painting and sculpture. He uses wisdom of writers, poets, and philosophers from around the world to convey messages of peace and to underline the commonalities of human existence. eL Seed uses his art as an echo of the stories of the communities that he meets around the world and aims to amplify their voices.
He finds his artwork being a way of building a link between peoples around the world. Whenever he works within a community, he spends a long time to learn and be inspired by them researching to find the best art installation to summarize the voice of the community he is working within and to underline his key principals of love, respect, and tolerance.
His work has been shown in exhibitions and in public places all over the world including most notably on the facade of “l’institut du monde Arabe” in Paris, in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, on the DMZ between North and South Korea, in the slums of Cape Town and in the heart of Cairo’s garbage collectors neighborhood.
🎥 Lights, Camera, Action 🎬: Perception - A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings
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In 2015, TED recognised eL Seed as one of the year's TED Fellows for advocating peaceful expression and social progress through his work.
In 2016, eL Seed was named a 'Global Thinker' 2016 by Foreign Policy for his project 'Perception'.
In 2017, the artist won the Unesco Sharjah prize for Arab Culture.
In 2019, he won "The International Award for Public Art" for his project in Cairo, 'Perception'.
In 2021, eL Seed was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 'Young Global Leader' for his vision and influence to drive positive change in the world.
eL Seed has also collaborated with Louis Vuitton on their famous "Foulard d'artistes".