Ilona Sochynsky *
20" x 20"
Donated by Petro Shyprykevich
Ilona Sochynsky was born in Berlin to Ukrainian parents, and the family immigrated to the U.S. in 1950. She earned a BA from Rhode Island School of Design (1969) and MFA from Yale (1972). Sochynsky successfully ran a graphic design firm, Ilona Sochynsky Associates, until 1979, when she decided to devote her energies to painting full-time. Her work of that period addressed the concerns of Pop Art and Photorealism, particularly the work of James Rosenquist. By the mid-1980s, she shifted towards more internalized personal concerns, integrating relationships and pop culture into images with psychological and emotional intensity. Her interests shifted in the 1990s towards formalism, exploring
color and design elements, often in works made up of small-scale canvasses. Of late, these interests have been manifested in large-scale, shaped canvases, which are almost playful in their vibrant colors. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad over her 40-year career. Her most recent exhibitions include Back to the U.S.S.R., Art Basel Miami (2015); A Singular Vision: Ilona Sochynsky, Retrospective of Painting, The Ukrainian Museum, New York (2012); and Ilona Sochynsky: Abstract Intrigue, The Noyes Museum, NJ
(2008). Her work is found in numerous public and private collections, including the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, Noyes Museum of Art, Morris Propp Foundation, and The Ukrainian Museum.