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Born in Paris to Tunisian parents. El Seed's 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. Over the course of his career, he has been featured by international media, including CNN, The Guardian Culture, the BBC and countless others. He has been a keynote speaker on Ted Talks and at various Universities. His murals have graced walls in Paris, New York, South Africa, Melbourne, Gabes, Brazil and beyond. One of his monumental projects include a sprawling mural in the Manshiyat Naser neighborhood of Cairo that spans 50 buildings and can only be viewed from a local mountaintop. Intending to honor the historic garbage collectors of the Manshiyat Naser neighborhood, the piece reads, "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first." In spring 2018 a commissioned sculpture titled "Declaration" was unveiled in the Opera Gardens in Dubai. 2018 also saw the launch of his book "Perception" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA). Perception is a personal account of his journey to complete his anamorphic mural over 50 buildings in Cairo’s Manshiyat Nasr district.