Shingirai was born in 1967 in Chiweshe, some 150km north of the capital Harare. He did his primary education at Kakora Primary School before going to St Albans for his Secondary education.
He moved to Harare in the 90s to join his brother Derrick, who had already moved there to apprentice with his uncle, Sylvester Mubayi a world renowned 1st Generation sculptor.
Shingirai started off by sanding down Sylvesters pieces while at the same time learning his way round the basic use of sculpting tools. He then started making his own pieces and was encouraged a great deal by The Heritage Gallery which supported him by buying some of his early works. He also worked closely with Vukutiwa (then Vukutu) during those early days.
Finding town life perhaps uninspiring enough, he moved back to Chiweshe in 2005, where he continues to sculpt to this day, bringing out beautiful and peaceful works of art, suggesting that the tranquil rural life might be lending itself for him. His subject matter is centered around bird life, perhaps influenced by his present environmentan abundance of mountain outcroppings, acres of lush green valleys and dense forests
Having hit a bad patch at some point in time, he is enjoying a rare lease of life…