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.