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Viacheslav Kupriyanov was born in Novosibirsk in 1939. His first published works were translations of poetry from German (Hölderlin, Novalis, Rilke, Hoffmannstal, Brecht, Grass, Enzensberger, Hans Arp, Erich Fried) and English (Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg). He studied technical sciences in the High Navy School in Leningrad (1958-1960), and graduated in 1967 from the Moscow Foreign Language Institute (now Linguistic University), in the Mathematical Linguistics and German (1967) departments. He is a freelance writer, a member of the Moscow Writers Union, and a member of the Serbian Writers Union.