After studying law and political science, Alain Veinstein joined ORTF in 1969, moving to the programme department in 1972 to take charge of radio and literary and artistic television programmes. When ORTF broke up in 1975, he chose to move to Radio France as adviser to the director of France Culture. In 1978, he created The Magnetic Nights, which became Surprised by the night when the arrival of digital technology put an end to the adventure of magnetic tape as a medium for radio work. At the same time, from 1985 until 2014, he presented From One Day to the Next, which became a daily rendez-vous with the author of a book.

As a writer, Alain Veinstein has published poems and novels. He was awarded the Prix Mallarmé and the Grand Prix de poésie by the Académie française in 2003, and in 2010, the Prix de la langue française for all his literary work and, in 2014, the Grand Prix de la SCAM for all his radio work.

Since 2015, he has devoted himself exclusively to painting, his first vocation. The world he paints is populated by allusions and enigmas that evoke a sense of strangeness and disquiet.