Born in Mozambique in 1941.
He came to Zimbabwe in 1960 to work on a farm. Bernard Matemera encouraged him to start stone sculpting in 1975 and his mentor is Amali Malola.Biriyo belongs to the Muchikunda tribe and his totem is marunga which means pigeon. He didnt receive any form of education but that hasnt stopped him exhibiting all over the world. Biriyo has exhibited in Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, USA, RSA, Zambia, and Bulgaria.
He lives on Tengenenge farm and works in Tengenenge art village.
He is married to Mazvitirei Nyudea; they have six children. Two are also sculptors.