in Simla in 1924 Ram Kumar did his Masters in Economics from Delhi University. A student
at the Sarada Ukil School of Art, Delhi he began to participate in group exhibitions when
he was spotted by Raza who becomes a close friend. Ram Kumar left for Paris by boat and
studied painting under Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger in Paris between 1949-52. He has held
several solo exhibitions like the International Biennales in Tokyo in 1957 and 1970, the
Venice Biennale 1958 and in Sao Paulo in 1961, 1965 and 1972. He has also participated in
the Festival of India shows in the then USSR and Japan in 1987 and 1988. Rarn Kumar
received the Padma Shri in 1971. He also writes short stories in Hindi and four
collections of his works have been published. He has received the Prem Chand Puraskar from
the U.P. Government for Meri Priya Kahaniyan, a collection of short stories.
The human condition is the main concern of the painter manifested in his
early works by the alienated individual within the city Later the city, specifically
Varanasi with its dilapidated, crammed houses conveys a sense of hopelessness.
Increasingly abstract works done in sweeping strokes of paint evoke both exultation of
natural spaces and more recently an incipient violence within human habitation.
Ram Kumar lives and works in New Delhi.
Oil on Canvas
33" x 22"
Oil on Canvas
33" x 55"