Born in Thalakudi near Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India, Kumar started sketching as a hobby during his student days (1957-1962) in M.C.M. Polytechnic in Avadi near Madras(Chennai). Later, finding good improvement, decided to make his career as a full-time artist. In 1964 he joined CHITHRA ART SCHOOL in Nagercoil to learn the preliminary lessons in oil painting under the guidance of Krishnan, Head of the Institution. After a brief period he left the School and started painting portraits like Pope Paul VI, M.S.Subbulakshmi and many other portraits,independently at home.
This book narrates in detail the history of art and artists with good number of reproductions. This book served as a great inspiration and motivation for his future career. He was encouraged also by his cousin brother L.C.Thanu (former Principal, Hindu college) and cousin Gangu at his native place before arriving in Madras (Chennai) to start his career as a professional portrait artist.
In 1975, Kumar moved to Madras (Chennai) to start his career as a professional portrait artist. Soon, he enrolled as a member in all the leading libraries: Adyar Library, British Council Library,American Library and Max Mueller Bhavan Library. These libraries had the vital role in making him a full-fledged artist with essential knowledge for a professional portrait artist. Also, he got the good opportunity of meeting people with good heart like Major Srikanth ( A.D.C. to Governor), R. Ramakrishnan ( Sheriff of Madras), John B.S. Coats, President, Theosophical Society, Justice. P.R.Gokulakrishnan , Chief Justice, Gujarat HighCourt (Rtd) M.G. Balasubramanian ( I.A.S. Rtd ), M. Gopalakrishnan ( Ex. Chairman,Indian Bank), Justice. K.Venkataswami (Supreme Court Judge) and friends like A. Ramachandran (I.O.B). They all have been highly helpful in shaping his career.
During the long span of his career, he had been fortunate to draw the attention of many discerning art lovers to his work as a portrait artist, including leading personages and dignitaries including V.O.C. Subramanian, S/o Kappalottiya Thamizhan who being impressed by his work introduced him to the Chairman of Madras Port Trust and he did some remarkable portraits of some national leaders for the trust.
In 2005, Kumar got the wonderful opportunity ( Landmark event) to meet the Governor H.E. Shri. Surjit Singh Barnala at Raj Bhavan and paint a beautiful portrait of His Excellency. H.E. was so kind to respond to his request to visit his studio at his residence to see the completed portrait. A proud moment to cherish.
A rare honor and recognition to his work in the field of portrait painting which he is doing for nearly 5 decades. Again, in 2007, Kumar received a personal letter from the Governor asking to do a portrait of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for Raj Bhavan.