Ram Kumar's works of the 1990s are not always naturalistic reproductions of nature and the surrounding landscape. Rather, they appear far more abstracted both in concept and execution. The result is a work that combines images from his visual databank with his own personal memories and experiences. It is the perfect balance of these two elements that makes his work distinctive.
"History and memory become inseparable. There is something so 'delicately disturbing' in these paintings..." perhaps because "...they evoke what we remember, creating an equivalence between memory and image." (Nirmal Verma, Ram Kumar, New Delhi, Vadehra Art Gallery, 2001.)
As an artist, Ram Kumar feels it is necessary to have an open mindset that welcomes external stimuli. "Once received within, the stray, inchoate images undergo a mysterious metamorphosis, to which the artist is as much as passive observer as the spectator in the gallery." (ibid.)