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Yusuf Arakkal(Yusuf Arakkal)
Yusuf Arakkal is a Malayali painter based in Bangalore, India. He was born in 1945 at Chavakkad, Kerala. His mother belonged to the royal family of Arakkal, the only Muslim royal family to have ruled Kerala. Yusuf lost both his parents at an early age. Leaving the comforts of his house behind, the boy Yusuf left for Bangalore, lonely but with a passion to become a painter. The hardships that he faced at Bangalore honed the artist in him and sharpened his sensibility. He took a diploma in painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore and later specialized in graphic print making from National Academy community studios, Garhi, Delhi.
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. Yusuf had produced a large collection of miscellaneous works consisting of drawings, paintings, sculptures, murals, paper works, prints, and writing. Arakkal’s paintings are singularly expressionistic in style. In them one could trace the artist’s “deep concern for man and society”. He has done many works in different media, canvases, sculptures with emphasis on tiger conservation.