Artist decorates walls with Arabic poetry as graffiti for hope and peace; his art needs no translation

“A street artist born in Paris to Tunisian parents, eL Seed did not learn to read or write Arabic until his late teens, but when he did his renewed interest in his heritage had a profound effect on his art.” — BBC

France-based, Tunisian Calligraffiti artist, eL Seed is famous for his beautiful artworks around the world. His iconic project was painting the walls of a 47-meter-high minaret on the Jara mosque in Gabes, Tunisia with the message, Oh humankind, we have created you from a male and a female, and made you people and tribe, so you may know each other.” The objective behind the giant artwork was to spread a message of unity.

the universal call for peace


eL Seed’s artwork combines Arabic calligraphy and graffiti, which he calls, calligraffiti. All of his calligraffitis include Arabic quotes and poetry. According to him, art can be a symbol for hope, peace, strength and goodness and art does not need to be understood.

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eL Seed has painted in Rio de Janeiro on a roof top as a homage to the poor people of the favela.

In Rio de Janeiro, I translated this Portuguese poem from Gabriela Tôrres Barbosa

In Cape Town, eL Seed got to paint the only concrete wall and that too of a of a school.

The calligaffiti reads, “It seems impossible until it’s done.”

in cape town


Artist eL Seed is a TED fellow. He wanted to talk through the medium of TED Talks to let the world know that art does not need to have a meaning, it is the feeling that it gives matters. Art can bring happiness, joy, faith, hope and inspiration. Watch eL Seed address the audience with his inspiring talk in this video.


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