Late YUSUF ARAKKAL (1945- 2016)
Yusuf is a celebrated and prolific artist.He started off with a diploma in painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bengaluru and later specialized in graphic print making from National Academy Community Studios, Garhi, Delhi
Arakkal's paintings are singularly expressionistic in style. In them one could trace the artist's deep concern for man and society. Set against a dark, oppressive background are the faceless figures of ordinary people expressing brooding loneliness and despair brought on by a society obsessively drawn towards material success where ordinary people have no place.
Recently, Yusuf Arakkal received the prestigious Lorenzo De Medici Gold Medal at Florence Internazionale Biennale, in Florence, Italy for his work “Bacon's man with the child and priest”
He has won several other awards including the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academi Award in 1979 and 1981, the National Award in 1983, a Special Award at the third Asian Art Biennale Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986 and the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academi Honour in 1989.
His works are in the collections across the world including Museum of Modern Art, New York.