Iryna was born in Western Ukraine ans lives in Toronto. She studied art and architecture in Munich, Philadelphia and Toronto. Iryna recieved a Ph.D. from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany. She is a member and former President of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada and was a Curator with the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation. She lectures on art history at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich and is a visiting professor at the Regional Pedagogic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine. Iryna serves as an Advisor on Slavic Art to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is also the author of numerous articles on art.