Arakkal has a diploma in painting from the Chitrakala Parisath College of Art in Banglore, Karnataka. He has held over 38 shows in Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Kolkata Mumbai and New Delhi. He has shown his works Internationally in London, France, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. He received the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1979 and in 1981, the shiromani kala puruskar from the Government of India in 1983, and the award of the Third Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986. He currently lives and works in Banglore. Yusuf Arakkal reflects a powerful blend of line and colour that brings together composition, process and realistic imagery to evoking dreams we generate to keep ourselves going.