Friday, June 7, 2013

Important milestones of Yusuf Arakkal’s career

  • Apart from acquiring specialization in Graphic Print Making from The National Academy Community Studios in Garhi, New Delhi (1980), Yusuf Arakkal also did a Diploma in Painting from Chitrakala Parishat College of Art, Bangalore (1973).
  • Among his selected solo shows are 'An Inner Fire', Art Alive Gallery, Delhi (2011); ‘The Street’ courtesy Art Alive and Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata (2008); ‘The Age of Innocence’ courtesy S. A. Fine Arts, London and Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore; ‘The Street’, Art Alive and Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto; ‘In a Figurative Identity’, Easel Gallery, Singapore (all in 2007); and exhibitions at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (2004); The Nehru Centre, London (2002); the Emirate Towers, Dubai (2001).
  • The internationally acclaimed artist’s works have been featured at several group exhibitions, such as '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, Delhi (2010); 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai (2010); 'The Open Cage', Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore (2009); 'Indian Harvest' at SG Private Banking, Singapore (2009); ‘Tatva’, The Elements at Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2006).
  • His select participations include 'Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City', to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Delhi; 'Master’s Corner' at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2010 ); 5th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy; Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea; Arad International Biennale, Romania. (all in 2005); 4th Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy (2003); 4th Egyptian International Print Triennial (2003), and  Cairo International Biennale in 2001.
  • Among the prestigious honors and awards he has won are Lorenso-De-Medici Gold medal at 5th Florence International Biennale, Italy (2005); Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award from the Government of Karnataka for art (2005);. Arad International Biennale award (2005); Lorenso-De-Medici silver medal at the 4th Florence Biennale (2003); Shikhar Sanman, Department of Culture, Madhya Pradesh Government (2001); and QINGDAO Inter National Print Biennial of China (2000).
  • He has also won Raza Award, Bhopal (1994); Government of India Fellowship, HRD Ministry, Delhi (1989-92); National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi (1987); an award at the 3rd Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1986); and at International Asian European Biennial, Turkey (1980), among others. Besides columns and articles in leading publications, he has also penned a book titled, ‘The Book’.

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