Ram Kumar (born 1924, in Shimla, India) is a contemporary Indian artist. Educated as an economist with an M.A. from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Ram Kumar took classes at the Sharda Vakil School of Art, and then went to Paris and studied [further there under Andre Lhote and Fernand Léger. He was befriended by S.H. Raza and MF Hussain who are two major artist. Ram Kumar paints abstract landscapes, usually in oil or acrylic. He is also an author, writing fiction in Hindi. He lives and works in Delhi.
Ram Kumar has participated in various exhibitions in and out of India. He participated in the Festival of India shows in the then USSR and Japan in 1987 and 1988. Ram Kumar also received the Padma Shri in 1971. One of Ram Kumar's latest solo exhibition was in 2008 in Delhi. Ram Kumar also also writes short stories in Hindi and four collections of his works have been published.
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.

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