Justice May was born on 1 March 1968 in Pretoria. He attended a technical college and subsequently started an apprenticeship as an electrician when his career plans were thwarted by a diving accident at the age of eighteen. He injured his spinal cord at C5/C6 and as a consequence remained paralysed. Hardly 2 years later, he started painting with his mouth and then with oil colours on canvas and aquarelle colours. Since the beginning of his artistic career, he has attended several courses with famous art teachers. In 1989, Justice May was granted a stipend by the association. As a consequence, his works were presented to the public at different exhibitions.