05 October 2016 Current Affairs: Noted contemporary artist Yusuf Arakkal passed away on 4 October 2016 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was 71.
Arakkal had recently released a book called Faces of Creativity, which is a comprehensive collection of portraits of fellow artists. It was the first time that an Indian artist had done portraits of other artists.
Yusuf Arakkal : Yusuf Arakkal was a Malayali painter based in Bengaluru. He took a diploma in painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (KCP), Bangalore.
Later, he specialized in graphic print making from National Academy community studios, Garhi, Delhi.
Recently, he 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 had produced a large collection of miscellaneous works consisting of drawings, paintings, sculptures, murals, paper works, prints and writing.He had won several other awards including Karnataka Lalithkala Academy award in 1979 and 1981, a national award in 1983, a special award at the third Asian Art Biennale Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986 and the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy honour in 1989.