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.
Career highlights include:
- Feb-Apr 2014 – one of four Zimbabwean artists (along with Tonderai Sowa) invited to participate in an Artist Exchange at Sonkala Yonkala in Luanda, Angola with Angolan artist Jao Mayembe
- Itayi and his brother Onias Mupumha have been regularly featured in recent Guruve exhibitions
- Itayi’s work was featured in a joint exhibition at Msande Gallery in Berlin, Germany in 2001
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.
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