Maxim Kantor was born in Moscow in 1957 where he studied at the Moscow State University of Printing. In 1983, he founded an independent artists’ group, which later became known under the name Krasny Dom and featured one-day underground exhibitions. Since his solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 1997, he has been one of the most internationally renowned Russian artists. He lives and works at the Ile de Ré, France, and in Oxford. www.maximkantor.com. Rotes Licht is his first novel.