Yusuf Arakkal

1945   Born in Kerala.
1973   Diploma in painting from Chitrakala Parishath College of Art, Bangalore.
1980  Specialisation in graphic print making from the Indian National Art Academy       
          community studios, Garhi, Delhi.

Solo Shows in India

Since 1975- Over forty shows at Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Calicut, Cochin, Trichur, Calcutta, Mumbai, New Delhi. Works exhibited include mediums like Oils, Water colours, Graphics, Collages and Sculptures – In Bronze, Terra-cotta, Wood, Granite, Steel, Paper, Fibreglass etc.

Groups Shows in India

Since 1969 most major juried shows, State and All India level shows. National exhibitions and exhibitions organised by private galleries and groups.



Solo Shows Abroad

1992    Relays De Monts-Siux, Limousin, France
1993    Gallerie Taormina Del Arte- Le Havre, France
1994    Srijana Contemporary Art Gallery- Kathmandu, Nepal
1994    Art Forum Gallery, Singapore
1996    Wallace Gallery, Chelsea, New York
1996    Air Gallery, Dower Street, London
1998    A Gallery, 521 W 23nd Street, 10th Avenue, New York
1998    The Discerning Eye Gallery, H.K.Museum , Visual Art Centre, Hongkong
2001    “The light beyond images”- At the Emirates Towers Dubai, UAE.
2002    “My Book of References II” - The Nehru Centre, South Audley Street, London.
2007  “In a figurative identity” - Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore & Easel Art Gallery, Singapore
2007   “The Street”- Art Alive Gallery, Delhi & Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto, California
2007  “The Age of Innocence”Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore & SA fine Arts - at The Galleria, 5B Pall Mall, London.

International Shows

1971    Indian Artist at Belorussia and Moscow
1985    Thirty Contemporary Indian Artists at Havana, Cuba
1985    Contemporary Indian Art Show at the National Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
1985    Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Japan
1985    Indian Printmaking, Festival of India, USA
1986    Sixth Biennale de beaux Art, Beaumount, France
1986    Third Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1986    Inaugural Exhibition of the National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea
1986    Sixth International Triennale, New Delhi, India
1987    Ninth International Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil
1993    Nine Indian artists CCA Gallery, New York
1994    Indian Printmaking show, Maltwood Art Museum & Gallery Victoria, British Columbia
1994    Indian Contemporary Art Show, Gallery Maya, Hongkong
1995    Heads and Faces – an exhibition by Gallery Maya, Visual Art Centre, HongKong
1995    “Save the Children” auction by Sothebys, Bombay
1995   Auction of Indian Contemporary Art by Christies, London
1996    Indian Contemporary Art Show, Nagai Garo, Tokyo, Japan
1996    32 Contemporary Indian artists – exhibition and auction by Christies, London
1996    Women in Indian art, by The Gallery, Visual Art Centre, HongKong
1997    Auction of Indian Contemporary Art by Christies, London
1998    Spirit And Soul, The Rotunda Exchange Square, HongKong
1998    Bayer – RPG Show, Munich, Germany
1999    Universal Declaration of Human Rights- International Print Portfolio- Exhibition Durban – South Africa.
2000    The Eternal Embrace - a Tribute to Universal Motherhood, Dubai, UAE
2000   UDHR Exhibition at the United Nations in Geneva (U.N.O.G)
2000   Contemporary Woman, Modern Indian Artist - Visual Art Centre, HongKong
2000    Participation in The UDHR International AIDS Portfolio in South Africa
2000    Participation in ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL DIRECT SUPPORT, International AIDS Portfolio Project, Canada.
2001   Cairo International Biennale.
2001   Best of Indian art – a show of Indian artists, Singapore.
2003    4th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy.
2005    Indian International Triennale, New Delhi.
2005   Inaugural show of Arad International Biennale
2005    Participated in Sothbey’s art auction at New York
2005    5th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art – Italy.

2006    Tatva, The Elements – Victoria & Albert Museum, London.


Awards and Recognitions 

Several Awards since 1970 for Paintings, Sculptures, Graphics, Portraits and Drawings that include The Karnataka Lalithkala Academy Awards for 1979 and 1981. The National Award in 1983, a special Award at the Third Asian Art Biennale- Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986 and the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy honouring 1989, Karnataka Rajyotsva Award 1999.  2003 -  won Lorenso-De-Medici the magnificent, silver medal for his painting at the 4th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy. 2005 - won the government of Karnataka Venkatappa award.  2005 - Lorenso-De-Medici Gold medal at 5th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary art, Italy.  Kerala Lalithakala Akademi – Fellowship 2008.


1984 the National Acedemy of Art as an eminent artist.
1987 Nominated as the Indian Commissioner for the 19th Sao Paulo International Biennale.
1988 the Karnataka Lalitkala Academy.
1992 the Kerala Lalitkala Academy (could not accept).
1999 the National Academy of Art as eminent Artist (Could not accept).
2002 as jury of ‘Kalidas Samman’ for Art.
2005 One of the fifteen International Committee members of Arad International Biennale.

2007  International Artistic committee member – Contemporary Art Biennale of Adana, Turkey.





Several individual and institutional collections in India, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Mexico, Brazil, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal, Canada, Iran, Pakistan, Kenya, Kuwait, South Africa, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, Romania.




1986  Created a contemporary mural in granite for the corporate complex of Unilever at Bangalore.
1988   Large mural in metal for the headquarters of Hindustan Aeronautics.
1989   Large out door terracotta mural for the Central Silk Board Complex.
1992   Large out-door granite mural for the Satellite Centre of the Indian Space Research Organization.
1995  Steel and granite mural for the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research at Bangalore.

1998 Large Indoor mural for GE – BEL, Bangalore.
2000 12 Feet high copper sculpture for The Biocon India Groups-Syngene International.
2002 10 Feet stainless steel sculpture for Essenco., Corporate office, Bangalore.

2003  21 Feet public sculpture in stainless steel on MG Road, Bangalore.

2004  Large out-door 20 Feet dia Stainless steel sculpture for The Biocon India Groups.
2005 Large outdoor 17 X 30 Feet Stainless steel Mural for The Biocon India Groups.
2006 40 Feet Stainless Steel and copper Hanging installation for BBPL (Biocon Biopharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd).                


Extensively travelled and worked in The US, France, Britain, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Egypt, Iran, HongKong, UAE, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, Russia and Turkey.




Televison appreances and Interviews on CNN, BBC, STAR PLUS, CNBC and many Indian language channels.


Published numerous article on art in several major English newspapers and periodicals. Writes poetry in English.

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