RAM KUMAR

Born 1924, in Simla

Atelier Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote, Paris (1949-52)
M.A. in Economics from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi (1946)
Evening Classes at the Sharada Ukil School, New Delhi (1945)

Ram Kumar, like many of his confreres among the first generation of post-colonial Indian artists - including such figures as F N Souza, M F Husain, Paritosh Sen, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, S H Raza and Akbar Padamsee - combined an internationalist desire with the need to belong emphatically to their homeland. In its internationalist mood, this generation looked to the early 20th-century modernisms of Paris, London and Vienna for inspiration; its need to belong prompted an interest in the construction of a viable “Indian” aesthetic that bore a dynamic relationship to an Indian identity. With Ram Kumar, this quest for an indigenist tenor has not meant a superficial inventory of “native” motifs offered as evidence of a static and essentialist Indian identity. Instead, he demonstrates that a painter can enact the innermost dramas of his culture while maintaining the individuality, even idiosyncrasy of his performance.
- Excerpts from "Parts of a World: Reflections on the Art of Ram Kumar" by Ranjit Hoskote, 2002.

Ram Kumar lives and works in New Delhi.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2010 Selected Works: 1949-2010, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Selected Works, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 Homage to Kekoo Gandhy, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Reflective Landscapes, Aicon Gallery, New York
You shall remain hidden, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Materia Prima, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2002 Recent Works, IndoCenter, Chelsea, presented by Saffronart and
Pundole Art Gallery; Mumbai; New Delhi; San Francisco; New York
2001 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2000 Landscapes from New Zealand, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1999 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Arks Gallery, London
1997 Amadavada Ni Gufa, Ahemdabad
1996 Pages From a Sketch Book, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
Ram Kumar – A Journey Within, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1994 Jehangir Art Gallery, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1993 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1992 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1991 Chitrakoot Gallery, Kolkata
1990 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
Center for Contemporary Art, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions

2010 Paper Trails, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Progressive & Associates, Grosvenor Gallery, London
From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition, Rob Dean Art,
London in Association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
Master Class, The Arts Trust, Mumbai
Etchings, Lithographs, and Serigraphs, Grosvenor Gallery, London
2009 Moderns and More, Aicon Gallery, New York
Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections
of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin, Emily Lowe
Gallery, Hempstead
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor
Gallery, London
Tracing Time, Bodhi Art, Mumbai
2008 Contemporary and Modern Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Post Independence Masters, Aicon Gallery, New York
Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years of Indian Independence, Centre for
International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
Towards friendship… Ram Kumar marks 50 years of knowing Kekoo
Gandhy, Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai
2007 Winter Moderns, Aicon Gallery, New York
2006 Shadow Lines, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Moderns Revisited, Grosvenor Gallery, London
2005 Resonance, Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Concept and Form, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2001 Ashta Nayak, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Modern Indian Art, organized by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery,
Metropolitan Pavilion, New York
2000 Akbar Pademese - Exhibition of Paintings by M F Husain, Ram
Kumar, Krishen Khanna,
Tyeb Mehta, S H Raza and Akbar Padamese, Vadehra Art Gallery,
New Delhi
1997 Image-Beyond Image, a Traveling Exhibition of Works from the
Blenbarra Art Museum, Japan, at New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and
Mumbai
1996 The Moderns, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
1995 Gallery Raku, Japan
1988 Three Indian Artists, Karachi, Pakistan
1987, 88 Festival of India shows in the then USSR and Japan
1987 Coups de Coeur, Geneva, Switzerland
1985 Artistes Indiens en France, Foundation Nationale des Arts
Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris
1973 Indian Contemporary Painting, a traveling exhibition in the U.S. and
Canada
1967 Joint exhibition with M.F. Husain in Delhi and Prague, Czechoslovakia
1957 Graham Gallery, New York
Gallery One, London

Awards and Fellowships

2003 Officers Arts et Letters, French Government
1986 Kalidas Samman by the Madya Pradesh State Government
1972 Uttar Pradesh State Government for short stories in Hindi
1972 Padmashree from Indian Government for short stories
1970 JD Rockefeller fund fellowship
1959 Honorable Mention, Sao Paolo Biennale
1958 National Award, New Delhi
1956 National Award, New Delhi