He was born in Nyamhondoro viilage, Guruve, in 1977. Here he grew up and attended both primary and secondary school.
He started sculpting in 1993. His first sculptures were sold at Chapungu Art Gallery in Harare. He came to Tengenenge in 1997, returned back to Chapungu a year later, but decided to settle down in Tengenenge finally in 1999. He won a prize at the competition orgnised by the Korean Embassy in 2005.
Bornwell is married to Missa Kagore; they have one daughter.