Roman Podobedov 1920-1990. In 1939 he graduated from the Penza School of Arts named after K.A. Savitsky. Studied under I. Goryushkin-Sorokopudov. During World War II he fought on the Central Front and was commander of a platoon. Awarded medals for his patriotism. From 1946 participated in exhibitions and from 1951 was a member of the Moscow Organization of the Artists’ Union. His personal exhibition was held in 1980 in Riga. He created a gallery of portraits of veterans of the Communist party, of the army and the Riga sea fleet as well as numerous images of V.I. Lenin. He was awarded a breastplate ‘For cultural patronage over the Armed Forces of the USSR’. Works by the artist are located in the Museum of Arts in Latvia, in regional museums in Tambov, Jurmala and in other Russian museums.