Bengaluru, Oct 5: Renowned contemporary figurative artist and sculptor Yusuf Arakkal took his last breath at his residence on Tuesday due to his deteriorating health conditions.
Arakkal aged 71 is survived by wife Sara and son Shibu.
He was born in Kerala’s Chavakkad in 1945 , he came to Bengaluru five decades ago to study painting at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and passed with a diploma in arts.As Arakkal lost his parents at a small age, the hardships and struggles, helped him to shape his sensibilities, as evident from his seminal paintings with humane touch, expressing concern for man and society.Creating amazing works using canvases, sculptures and different materials, Arakkal was a recipient of the Lorenzo De Medici Gold Medal from Florence Internazionale Biennale at Florence in Italy, for his work “Bacon’s Man with the Child and Priest”. He was also honoured by the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy in 1981 and a national award by 1983.
A collection of portraits of fellow artists he painted “Faces of Creativity” was released recently in the city.
He was also a cultural ambassador of the art scenes of Kerala and Karnataka.