Diploma in both Painting and in Sculpture from Gwalior
In his contemporary abstracts, Yusuf generally sticks to sparse and sometimes-geometric forms spread across the surface. Occasionally he uses mixed media, but most of the time, Yusuf prefers to work with ink on rice paper.
He is famous for his pioneering work in setting up the Graphic Workshop at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, where he is working now as Deputy Director of Graphics.
Yusuf has been made an honorary member of many national and international institutions, and has also delivered a series of lectures across Japan.
Yusuf moved to Bhopal when the late painter J. Swaminathan asked him to join him when he was setting up Bharat Bhavan nearly three decades ago. It was the close collaboration with the older artist “opening many doors” for the young Yusuf. Swaminathan also considered that “there is none better than Yusuf who understands the meaning and magic of the line.” Whilst writing on Yusuf’s paintings, Madhu Jain remarks “Precision and restraint are the two attributes consistently in evidence in his works. Unsentimental, at times to the point of austerity, the paintings have a palpable rhythm. Keeping time to an internal world, these are cadences made visual”. Yusuf employs the abstract medium for uncovering what is not directly accessible. His paintings hint at a distribution of cosmic bodies, their simultaneous aloofness, gravitation and musical movement.
“I had been delving into monochrome works for a very long time; it’s only recently that I have been experimenting with colour,” says Yusuf. The result and submersions into colour reflect his roots and his extensive research into folk forms -- warm earth tones are predominant, lush landscape trans morphs into luminous abstractions