Like a number of young Gond artists, Rajendra Shyam worked under the legendary artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, who also happened to be his uncle. Rajendra dips into the Gond stories when he works, having had a profound love for painting from a very young age (when he assisted his mother and sisters in decorating the walls of houses with floral motifs and digna patterns). After having veered from his artistic path in search of other work, he is now back to being a practicing artist full time, taking up the torch from his famous uncle.