Venkat Shyam, a renowned Gond artist felicitated with Rajya Hasta Shilpa Puraskar (award) by the Madhya Pradesh Government in 2002. He has been sketching and painting since he was seven years old. Venkat has integrated both modern and traditional stylistic influences in his work. He is a contemporary gond artist and also works with murals, etchings, mixed media and animation. He uses brushes and special pens to draw, and water, oil and acrylic mediums as colours.