Itayi was born in 1975 in Rusape district, Zimbabwe. He is the first born in a family of eight. At the age of 11, he moved to the city of Chitungwiza where he did his secondary education to O-Levels in 1993.
In 1994, his uncle Richard Mupumha encouraged Itayi to start stone sculpting under his guidance. After a two-year apprenticeship, Itayi was confident enough to strike out on his own to establish his own name. At present he is a full-time sculptor with a wife and young child, working at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre with his brother Onias.
Itayi's work has sold in countries like Germany, Italy, Britain, USA, Australia and South Africa. His work was featured in a joint exhibition at Msande Gallery in Berlin, Germany in 2001.
Itayi and his brother Onias were both featured in recent Guruve exhibitions. Itayi is one of Guruve's most popular and talented young artists, and is highly likely to achieve recognition outside Zimbabwe within a very few years.