Halyna was born in Ukraine and since 1949 has lived in Toronto. She studied at the Institute of Plastic Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland. She continued her studies in Vienna and Munich. Halyna has had 14 solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and 2 solo exhibitions in Ukraine, in the Art Gallery of Lviv and in the National Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kiev. She has participated in numerous group shows and has recieved many awards. Halyna is active in the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Pastel Artists of Ontario.