James was born in 1987 in Guruve. He is the second born of three children. James attended school at Nyanhunzi Primary School and then on to Secondary School in Epworth near Harare.
When he was fifteen both of his parents passed away and so he did not complete his O levels. This is a common story amongst school children in Zimbabwe.
James still lives in Guruve, a rural area of Zimbabwe, with his wife, his son, and his daughter. Due to the remote area James lives in it is difficult for his art to receive the recognition it deserves.