Shastri Maharaj currently works and lives as an artist and teacher in Chaguanas, Trinidad. He teaches visual arts at the Valsayn Teachers College. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 at the University of Manitoba, School or Art in Canada where he majored in painting. Later, in 1990, he completed his Master of Education (MEd) from The University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus.
Shastri's work has been exhibited extensively in Trinidad and the Caribbean. Internationally, he has exhibited on numerous occasions in Germany and the United States. His work forms part of many corporate and public collections including the University of the West Indies. The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, which has some of his pieces in its permanent collection, will present a retrospective of his work in November to December 2005.