Rhona Gorvy grew up in Johannesburg and completed her B.A. Diploma in Logopaedics, Speech and Hearing Therapy at the University of Witwaterstrand in 1944. She worked as a supervisor at the Speech and Hearing Clinic, and later lectured in Speech Pathology, also at the University of Witwaterstrand (1945-47). In relation to her art, Gorvy was largely self-taught. She had expressed herself through different art forms from an early age, and when she was at Witwaterstrand University, her passion for and experimentation in art grew further.

Over the last 70 years, she has produced sketches, prints, paintings, sculpture and poetry that document her intense and empathetic experience of the inner and outer worlds. She has engaged with a wide range of themes relating to life and the human condition; for example, exploring motherhood, loss, abuse, addiction and other conscious and unconscious processes. Her artwork captures almost everything that she has touched throughout her life: family and places she has visited as well as her own grappling with the lingering questions of what it means to be human. This sense of understanding and deep connection with her subjects and themes is what makes her artwork remarkable.