Soviet artist Ivan Andreyevich Yazev
Born August 27, 1914 in Romanovskaya stanitsa, now Rostov region, Ivan Andreevich Yazev studied at the Rostov Art College (1931-1935). His teachers were M.B. Grekov and A.M. Chernykh. After graduation, he worked at the Rostov Association of Artists “Rostov Art” (ROSTIZO) for 3 years. Meanwhile, in 1938 he entered the Moscow State Art Institute of V.I. Surikov. Yazev studied in the workshops of outstanding Soviet painters A.V.Lentulov, A.A. Deineka, and S.V. Gerasimov. Unfortunatelly, the artist had to interrupt his study because of WWII. Member of the Great Patriotic War, Ivan Andreyevich Yazev fought on the Volkhov, 2-nd Ukrainian, and 3rd Ukrainian fronts, as commander of a rifle battalion. His military awards include the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Patriotic War of the 1st degree, medals “For Courage”, “For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”, “For the Taking of Budapest”, and “For the Taking of Vienna”.