"My father has passed away," the Bengaluru-based artist's son Sibu Arakkal told PTI.
Besides Sibu, Arakkal is survived by wife Sara Arakkal. He was born in 1945 in Kerala's Chavakkad. The award-winning artist obtained a diploma in painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat in the city.
The popular artist will be missed by the art-loving fraternity of Bengaluru. Most of Arakkal's fans expressed their grief and anguish over his demise on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets:
My dear friend Yusuf Arakkal passed away this morning. A great artist whose works made an indelible impression on the art world RIP— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) October 4, 2016
The double helix instillation by Yusuf Arakkal on MG Road in Bengaluru gave a glimpse of his genius. RIP https://t.co/nL7h5trPOU— Manjunath KS (@ManjunathKS_) October 4, 2016
Yusuf Arakkal - "In art & life, he broke though barriers of time, place, convention" - Geeta Doctor's tribute https://t.co/YhBkaupNid— Mini Kapoor (@mini_kapoor) October 4, 2016
RIP #YusufArakkal His influence on young artists from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad and the art scene in Bangalore is immense.— Shilpa Kannan (@shilpakannan) October 4, 2016