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Yusuf (b. 1952) completed his National Diploma in fine arts and sculpture from Gwalior in 1974 & 1978, respectively. He has exhibited his artworks through twenty-eight solo and fifty-four group shows across the country, in prominent institutions such as the Dhoomimal Art Gallery (New York, 1986), Chemould Art Gallery (Mumbai, 1989), Art Heritage (New Delhi, 1990), Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra (Bhubaneswar, 1996), Jehangir Art Gallery (Mumbai, 1998), Gallery Shes (Japan, 1998), Gallery Tokeida (Japan, 1998), Art Indus (New Delhi, 2000), Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal, 2001), Tao Art Gallery (Mumbai, 2004), amongst others. His shows include the Bharat Bhavan Inaugural Show (Bhopal, 1982), “Fine Arts from Madhya Pradesh” (New Delhi, 1987), “Indian Eclectics” (New Delhi, 1989), “International Show Comart” (Korea, 1992), “The Art Trust Collection” (Mumbai, 1994), Bangladesh Biennale (Dhaka, 1995), International Print Triennial in Kanagawa (Japan, 1998), Surya Gallery 6th Anniversary Exhibition (Hyderabad,1998), “Black & White” (New Delhi, 2000), “Kleinsassen” (Germany, 2001), Asia Print Adventure (Japan, 2003), Gallery Art & Rugs (Gurgaon, 2003), and a show with Habitat Gallery (New Delhi, 2004), to mention a few. Mr. Yusuf has participated in many art camps, including the All India Sculpture Camp (Gwalior, 1974), LKA Graphic Camp (New Delhi, 1977), All India Artists’ Camp with LKA (Bhubaneswar, 1980), Painters Camp by J&K Academy (Srinagar, 1985), All India Artists’ Camp (Manipur, 1990), International Painters’ Camp (Goa, 1991), and so on. His artworks are parts of numerous privately and publically owned collections in India and abroad. These include institutions like National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi), Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal), Cancer Hospital (Gwalior), Nag Foundation (Pune), and NCZCC (Allahabad) in India, and private collections in India and abroad, in China, Japan, France, U.K., UAE & Turkey, amongst others. He has collected folk and tribal arts for Roopankar Museum, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; has been a Member of the Executive Board of LKA; and has been invited, to deliver a lecture on “The Asian Spirit” organised by Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Japan); by the Turkish Government, the Asia Print Adventure Committee in Japan, and the French Government; and has also contributed articled to several art magazines. Mr. Yusuf has been honoured with many prestigious awards some of which are the MP State Award (1977, 1980 & 1981), State Raza Award (1984), All India Kalidas Award (1977), National Award LKA (1987), Shikhar Samman by Dept. of Culture- Govt. of M.P (2001), etc., as well as awards at the International Asian European Biennial (1990), and the QIONGDAO International Print Biennial of China (2000), among others. Yusuf lives and works in Bhopal.