Bornwell was born in Nyamhondoro village, Guruve, in 1977. He grew up there and attended his primary and secondary school. He started sculpting in 1993. His first sculptures were sold at Chapungu Art Gallery in Harare. He moved to Tengenenge in 1997, he then went to Chapungu Art Gallery in Harare for few years then he returned to Ten-genenge to settle down in 1999. He won a prize at the Art competition which was organised by Korean Embassy in 2005. Bornwell is married to Missa Kagore, and they have been blessed with one daughter.