Born in Novosibirsk in 1939, Kupriyanov 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), section of matematical linguistics and German (1967). He is a freelance writer, a member of the Moscow Writers Union and the Serbian Writers Union.
His first published works were translations of poetry from German (Hölderlin, Novalis, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Brecht, Grass, Enzensberger, Hans Arp, Erich Fried) and English (Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg). His published works include the volumes of poetry "First person", 1981 (Moscow), "Life goes on", 1982, "Homework", 1986; "Echo", 1988, 1989; "Poems", 1994; "THE BEST TIME", 2003, the novel "The shoe of Empedokles", 1996, 2000 (Moscow) and short stories (including science-fiction) published in various magazines. His literary works have been translated to 55 languages.