Ram Kumar (born 1924, in Shimla, India) is a leading Indian contemporary artist and one of India's finest abstract painters.He is an economist from M.A. from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and studied art at Sharda Ukil School of Art, and then went to Paris and studied further there.
The human condition is the main concern of the paintermanifested in his early works by the alienated individual within the city. Later the city, specifically 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 received the Padma Shri in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, in 2010.