Joseph Muzondo was born in 1953 in Masvingo. He failed to complete his schooling due to his involvement in politics in the Zanu (PF) since the late 1960s. He was taught to carve by his grandfather and was accepted as the first student at the National Gallery’s BAT Workshop which opened in August 1981. In 1983 Muzondo went to Tanzania to study textile design and attended a summer academy in Australia. He has participated in group exhibitions in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Mozambique, Sweden, Zambia and Zimbabwe, winning awards for sculpture and graphics in the National Gallery Annual Exhibitions.