Carsten Kaufhold was born in 1967 in West Berlin. After school he studied painting from 1989 to 1995 at the University of Arts, Berlin, under Professor Helmut Otto and F. W. Bernstein. Having largely worked as a musician between 1996 and 2002, he went on to devote himself entirely to painting choosing the Berlin cityscape as his most specific subject. In 2017 he was awarded the Neukölln Art Prize. Kaufhold died in Berlin in 2022.