In the course of her artistic career, Sochynsky has gradually progressed from hyperrealism to abstraction. Currently, during the pandemic, she concentrates on pieces of a more intimate scale, a new series of unique works on paper titled 'Etudes,' exploring the range of options offered by gouache, a new medium for her.. This series evolved from an earlier series of circle-shaped paintings, 'Fugues' (2016-2018), likewise marked by the dynamism of the color palette, while also referencing her earlier series of large-scale shaped canvases, 'Capriccios' (2006-2007.)
Spanning a career of over forty years, Sochynsky has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. She had a solo retrospective exhibit at the Ukrainian Museum, NYC in 2012. Recent exhibits include 'Viewpoints' at Windham Fine Arts, NY, 'Flying Colors' at Zorya Fine Arts, CT, and 'Fugues: A Solo exhibit by Ilona Sochynsky' at Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, NY.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale, School of Art, Sochynsky has been exhibiting her works in a multiplicity of media since the early 1980's in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Rhode Island. She successfully ran a graphic design firm, Ilona Sochynsky Associates until 1979, at which time she decided to devote energies to painting full time. Her initial paintings of this period address 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, pop culture, into images with psychological and emotional intensity. In the 1990s, she turned towards formalism, exploring color and design elements, often in works made up of small-scale canvases. These interests became manifest in large-scale, shaped canvases (2006-2007) where she focused on defining and redefining the outer edges of the canvas.