Karamanov was born in Radoviš, then in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Since the beginning of his education he exhibited affinity to writing, He started writing songs at the early age of 9 years. Between September 5, and October 7, 1944 Karamanov fought against the withdrawing Germans.
This talented writer lived for only 17 years, but his human messages written in poems are left to testify for the war. He is considered one of the founders of contemporary Macedonian literature. His poetry was originally written in Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian, and was translated into Macedonian after its codification in 1945. Part of the works of the poet, has not been translated into Macedonian, due to its bulgarophile content.
The town of Radoviš holds each year in his honor a poetry festival "Aco Karamanov Poetry Meetings" 
- „Непознатият Александър Караманов. Поезия. Есета. Дневник“. Представяне на книгата, подготвена от доц. д-р Александър Йорданов. Института за литература – БАН.
- Николай Аретов. Дългата Одисея на един млад поет.Непознатият Александър Караманов. Ал. Йорданов, София: Век-21-прес, 24 Април 2018.
- Македонски академик избяга от дебат, заради техен поет, възпял български национални герои. 06 октомври 2017, Faktor.bg.
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