Yusuf Arakkal

Born in Kerala in 1945. He studied painting at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat College of Arts in Bangalore and print-making at the National Academy Studios, Garhi in New Delhi. He won the National Award in 1983 and a special award at the III Asian Art Biennale, in Bangladesh in 1986. Yusuf has had 30 solo shows and also participated in many international shows such as Sao Paulo Biennale, III Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Inaugural show of the Seoul National Museum of Modern Art and the VI International Triennale, India. He is the recipient of the Silver Medal for Painting at the Venice Biennale in 2004. His solo shows were also held in New York, London, Paris, Nepal, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has traveled extensively, writes poetry, is an accomplished muralist and sculptor and has published articles on art.

Yusuf plays with textural tones, dense shadows and unexpected brightness in all his work. He uses deep blues and browns to infuse his figures with his empathy for them.

He lives and works in Bangalore.
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Yusuf Arakkal
Still Life
Oil on Canvas
36in x 36in
GRN Code: A8/1/0709
Yusuf Arakkal
Still Life
Oil on Canas
36in x 36in
GRN Code: A8/2/0709
Yusuf Arakkal
Shibu Sleeping
Charcoal on Canvas
50in x 43in
GRN Code: RS2/1/0407
Yusuf Arakkal
Untitled
Mixed-media on Canvas
24in x 24in
GRN Code: A8/1/0407