Date of birth: 20.01.1966
Place of birth: Evaton, Gauteng Province
Painting style: Mouth painter
Associate member of VDMFK since: 2009
James Oupa DIRERO was born on 20 January 1966 in Evaton. He grew up under difficult family conditions. Although he is a tetraplegic he encourages others true to the philosophy: "disabled does not mean incapable". On 14 March 1993, a fateful day, he was shot by another person and thus became tetraplegic. That was a turning point in his life. His willpower and his self-confidence as well as the encouragement of his colleagues and other disabled people will help him achieve even greater goals.