Born in 1972 at Thiruvananthapuram, Prince Thonnakkal completed his 5-year National Diploma in Traditional Mural Painting from the Institute of Mural Painting, Guruvayur Devaswom - under the legendary mural artist late Mammiyur Krishnankutty Nair. He then completed 2-year training in visual art practice from Chitrakala Academy, Attingal near Thiruvananthapuram.
Prince Thonnakkal has been presenting his works on exhibition at many national and State-level events since 1992. The main shows he has participated include SAARC Festival Trivandrum (1992), National contemporary, traditional folk and tribal exhibition New Delhi (1993), 'Ravi Varma Cithrolsavam' Trivandrum (1995), Natyagramam Thonnakkal (1996), Guruvayoor Devaswom (1997), All Kerala Mural Painting Exibition and Camp, Yuvakalasahithi Koottuparampu (1998), 'PanchaVarnna', exhibited at Museum Art Gallery, Trivandrum (1998), the 51-day-long exhibition organised as part of the Soorya Film Festival (1999), Trivandrum, Exhibition and Workshop organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala (2000), Mural Exhibition, Toons Animation, Technopark, Trivandrum (2001), Sopanam Art Gallery, Kollam (2001), Exhibition to commemorate Mammiyur at Guruvayur (2002), 'Mural Strokes' at Natyagramam Thonnakkal (2003), All Kerala Mural Exhibition, Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur (2004) and 'PanchaVarnangal'Exhibition of Mural Painting, Samskarika Samiti, Thonnakkal (2006).
Renaissance Mural Magic Exhibition at Bangalore in 2009.
Mural Ramayan in 2010, Mural Vinayaka 2011, Mural Mahabharatham 2018 , Mural Attukal Bhagavathy 2020.
Famous works of Prince Thonnakkal
Movie Works (Malayalam): Rishivamsham, Cover Story, Aaraam Thampuran. Banaras. His work in Rishivamsan fetched him the State Award for Art Direction.
Corporate Works : NeST Pvt Ltd, Technopark , Trivandrum,Regency Lake Resort, Kollam; Hotel Alakapuri, Kozhikode, Palm Fibre, Alappuzha, Bhima Jewellery, Hotel Sarovaram, Kochi , SP Grand Days Trivandrum, Hotel Kingsway ,Trivandrum.
Temple Works : Mammyoor Temple, Padmanabha Swami Temple(Trivandrum),Kumaranelloor Devi Temple, Kottayam, Neyattinkara Krishna Swami Temple, Trivandrum; Kudavachoor Temple, Vaikkom, Ooramana Temple, Piravam and Sri Madu Sundaranayaki Samayatha Mahaleeswarer Temple, Irumbai, Tamil Nadu.
Other Works : Kumaranasan Memorial National Institute, Trivandrum, Government Museum, Trivandrum.