Royal was born in March 1972 in Murehwa in eastern Zimbabwe. He started sculpturing as a schoolboy and his potential was spotted by established artist Luke Mugavazi and Royal became Luke’s apprentice.
After a few years, Royal left the Mugavazi family to work with Anderson Mukomberanwa, son of the inspirational Nicholas Mukomberanwa, and established artist in his own right. Royal continued to develop his own style as a sculptor and absorb artistic inspiration.
In 1996, Royal was selected to join the prestigious Chapungu Sculpture Park as a Resident Artist. He has remained a member ever since, and is currently their Invited Artist. He has represented Chapungu at various international exhibitions and workshops including:
Artist In Residence, Denver Botanic Gardens, USA (2004)
RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK (2003)
Phoenix, Arizona (2002)
“Custom and Culture: A Legend in Stone’, Kew Gardens, London, UK (2000)
His work has also been included in various prestigious exhibitions at the National Gallery Zimbabwe.