Andrei Monastyrski is artist, poet, writer and theoretician. He was born in Petsamo in the Murmansk region of Russia in 1949. He is a graduate of the language and literature department of Moscow State University. Since 1975, he has produced performances, objects, installations, texts, and visual poetry and has been a member of the Collective Actions group since 1976. He was the editor and contributor to many important publications, including the first MANI (Moscow Archive of the New Art) folder in 1981. Since 1976, he has edited Trips Out of the City (volumes comprising works by the Collective Actions group) and the Dictionary of Terms of the Moscow Conceptual School (1998). In 2003, he won the Andrey. Bely Prize. He was a member of the group "Kapiton” from 2009-2010.