Roman was born in 1955, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Representative of Kharkiv School of Photography. In 1972-1977 studied at the Department of Electroenergetics of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. In 1978-1981 attended the Higher Courses in Lighting Design of Kyiv State I. K. Karpenko-Kary Institute of Theatrical Art. For five years (1979–1984) worked as a Chief lighting designer of the Young Spectator's Theater in Kharkiv. Got interested in photography in the early 1980s. At that period he was heavily influenced by such photographers of the older generation as Boris Mikhailov and Oleg Maliovany.
Conceptualist approach is central to his art, as the author is focused not on the aesthetics of a single image, but rather on the integrity of the message. The main topics of his body of work are sexuality and female nudity as the markers of the social situation, which reveals "sovietness" of the past and present. Became the winner of the Sony World Photography Awards in the Conceptual category for his Soviet Photo series (2013). Works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Media Communications of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.