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Excerpts from ‘Exit to the Inside: Artist Mohammed Yousuf’s Second Personal Exhibition’  
…That Durzi old man never smiled when he heard my comment on that piece of art by the UAE Artist Mohammed Yousuf. It was five sticks implanted in the floor with a stack of green leaves between them. I told him they were grazing sheep!! I was not trying to convince that old wise man, I was just delighted with the elevation of a conceptual artist, and his existence as an expressionist necessity in Baqaleen's International Symposium for Multimedia. Our furious artist’s work on these wooden pieces was not just an abrupt or impulsive act; it was the final outcome of piles of longing and he presented them all in the final exhibition. The patterns of the camel hoof prints which he presented by cracked round pieces made of olive tree stems aligned on muddy ground as to show the camel's track; with a few touches those stems on whose tops he planted hair-like branches appeared to be women dancing.
He is the artist who greatly succeeds in drawing his audience and imprisoning them into his tragic, sad and depressed theater of a world. The artist who is great at seducing you and inviting you into a sinful immortal world, forcing you to witness his cursed reality.

Omran Al Qaisi
 
   
Dynamic, energetic, active, cheerful, funny, admirable, friendly, and the long list goes on… This is Mohammed Yousuf, but we are here neither to discuss some of the many great characteristics of his personality nor to talk about his big role in forming a local fine art movement and developing it to the level of other Arab movements, all in record time.
This artist has been through several artistic stages, where he experienced sculpturing, pottery, children’s wall paintings (in relief) and managed to remain loyal to his cultural and environmental heritage. He did not stop there, but went much further by traveling to the United States to continue with his post graduate studies to return with more sculpted and developed ideas and views and an advanced technique that relied on extended horizontal expansion. He greatly benefited from rich environmental elements in his conceptual presentation and avoided all sorts of absurdities and impracticalities, all with a touch of elegance, style and modernism in dealing with his artistic approach.

Dr. Abdul Karim Al Sayed
 
   
An artist who is fond any piece of wood… forming a relationship with it in order to create together a beautiful work of art. The work that introduced him to me was a wooden sculpture of the face of an old woman from UAE wearing a veal, and I think this was the first wooden veal worn by a wooden woman.
He surprised everybody by creating various splendid models and sculptures from the same old dull plain simple piece of wood, turning it into a magical modern piece of art.

Ibrahim Mubarak
 
   
The sculptures of the Artist Mohammed Yousuf resemble the form of sculpture prevalent in the seventies in America, Europe and other parts of the world. The historical background of this form of art ‘Synthetic Cubism’ (the birth of the collage) is related to Picasso's works during 1912, George Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Juan Gris, in addition to the influence of Marcel Duchamps' ideas and his cynical revolution against the traditional concept of painting during the year 1911. The aesthetic concept behind the dynamic Synthetic Cubism lies in the introduction of new sense of respect to the byproducts of various materials, concrete items made of different forms of waste, junk and garbage that were all reused to create new forms of art.

Hassan Sharif
 
   
The works of the Artist Mohammed Yousuf Ali show his tendency to experiment with concepts and expressions in relation to the time and environment of globalized life. The artist uses wood as reference to all questions of the reason, trying at the same time to depart from the traditional symbols, expressing a world of condolences and cooperation between the nonsensical images of a continuous unfulfilled dialogue with the misery of desertification and the incapability of traditional visions.

Talal Moala
 
   
Through his works the Artist Mohammed Yousuf Ali shows a personal approach and a special way of dealing with the volumes and spaces in his sculptures that imitate environmental shapes but symbolize the output forming a personal artistic concept.
His late works reflect a universal continuous transformation through rhythms and forms very rich in aesthetical and thematic expressions. The feeling of nature is very dominant in his work where human creatures change from pieces of wood to puppets dancing and moving in time and space.

Dr. Najat Mekki
 
   
The art of post modernism sought to not only eliminate the traditional standards of modern art but to also allow the artist to be more creative and innovative through using more materials, devices, ideas and cheek. The prominent UAE Artist Mohammed Yousuf came back with great enthusiasm and conviction regarding this type of art, encouraging all artists to compose their own artistic approaches by expressing their personal philosophical artistic concepts with a lot of creativity, imagination and originality in the techniques, materials and tools.
Today, with a lot of joy, admiration and optimism, we just sit back and watch the success and impact of his notion in this society.

Yasser Al-Duwaik
 
   
Nature's Melody: What makes him stand out is his artistic perseverance and awareness of movement and rhythms in their instantaneous and infinite manifestations… he creates an innocent, spontaneous, extraordinary childish melody, recapturing a series of childhood reminisces and environmental aesthetical expressions, all in his very own modern and unique style.
Nature is immortal to him, its memory and remembrance eternal. Using waste and discarded materials, this artist is able to create beautiful pieces of art overflowing with images inspired by nature (desert and sea), a dynamic narration through a self-sufficient eloquent sculpture.
His works are truly moving… they are profound, and they raise existential question in the mind of the viewer through his bold, memorable, articulate, penetrating and revealing style.

Mohammed Al Jazairi
 
   
Artist Mohammed Yousuf Ali remains one of the most important pioneers of fine art in the UAE. Throughout his journey with creativity, he was able to preserve the UAE's environmental characteristics and aesthetic inheritance. We could see this clearly in his last research on the unseen in nature, where he tried to cope with the changes by staying away from the western style and making his choices depending on his local heritage and its environmental being. We could see this clearly in his usage of local woods and other materials. This is why his experiment was more explicit and conscious to its spiritual space, leaving behind the beauty of the materials to their philosophical aspects through movement and handing out an invitation to provoke natural elements to discover new meanings and rhythms.

Dr. Abdul Raziq Abdul Munim