Kafanov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1952. Over the past seventeen years of Kafanov’s life in the US, his work has been exhibited by various art galleries and museums in Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, France and Holland. He has had numerous one-man shows in the distinguished galleries of New York City. Kafanov’s paintings hang in the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University and the Beaulieu Museum in France and in numerous distinguished private collections. He has been commissioned murals to decorate a private residence in California and a public space in Amsterdam. Kafanov generously contributes his work to charity and participates in auction benefits for several non-profit foundations. He has painted murals in the children’s ward of the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and was part of the American Cancer Society exhibit and the Leukemia Foundation auction at Lincoln Center in New York City.