Artist Profile :
YUSUF ARAKKAL was 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, wrote poetry, was an accomplished muralist and sculptor, and had published articles on art.
“We first met Yusuf soon after we started Crimson in the mid 1980’s. Our association blossomed and Crimson curated .....