Afremov was born in Vitebsk, the same town where Marc Chagall began his artistic career. He developed his passion for painting in the USSR until 1990. That same year, due to constant discrimination related to his Jewish heritage and radiation from the Chernobyl disaster, he decided to move with his family to Israel. He settled down in the Tel Aviv area and opened an art gallery in Ashdod. In 2002, he moved to the United States and in 2004 he started selling his paintings on eBay. Internet exposure resulted in big success and he immediately received positive approval from customers. After eight years in the United States, in March 2010 he moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico where he lived for nine years.