Kiichiro Mizumura

Mouth Artist


Kiichiro Mizumura


Kiichiro Mizumura was born on 17 July 1946 in Tokyo. When he was ten years old, Mizumura lost both arms in an accident. Soon afterwards he began to draw and paint with his mouth. To improve his skills he attended a painting course taught by a well-known Japanese artist. In 1965, the AMFPA granted him a scholarship which enabled him to become more involved in painting. In 1973 he became a Full Member of the Association.

By applying very fine dots and strokes with his brush Kiichiro Mizumura gives shape to his enigmatic townscapes. His favourite motifs include canals, bridges, lock gates and boat harbours. He uses different techniques such as oil and tempera as well as mixed media. Kiichiro Mizumura has found his personal artistic style following old Japanese traditions. Among other things, the paintings of the artist were shown in a state art exhibition at the Art Museum in Tokyo. In addition, he has contributed to numerous exhibitions around the world.