Itayi was born in 1975 in Rusape district, Zimbabwe. He is the first born in a family of eight. At the age of 11, when he had finished his primary schooling, 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 theChitungwiza 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.