Ram Kumar

Ram Kumar is an Indian artist and writer who has been described as one of India’s foremost abstract painters. He was associated with the Progressive artist’s group along with greats like M.F. Hussain, Tyeb Mehta,S.H. Raza. He is said to be one of the first Indian artists to give up figurativism for abstract art. While pursuing M.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, he chanced upon an art exhibition in 1945. One evening, after “loitering” around Connaught Place with his friends from St Stephen’s College, he landed up at an art exhibition. Ram Kumar paints abstract landscapes, usually in oil or acrylic. He was also associated with the Progressive artist’s group. Ram Kumar has participated in various exhibitions in and out of India, including the 1958 Venice Biennale and the Festival of India shows in the then USSR and Japan in 1987 and 1988. One of Ram Kumar’s latest solo exhibition was in 2008 in Delhi. Ram Kumar also writes in Hindi and eight collections of his works have been published, as well as two novels and a travelogue. Ram Kumar received the Padma Shri in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2010.