Ray Bartkus Lithuanian, b. 1961
Ray (Rimvydas) Bartkus (b. 1961, Lithuania) is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the Graphics Department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1986. Having begun his artistic career by creating lithographs, etchings and pencil drawings, Bartkus moved to New York City with his wife and son in 1991 and has been living there ever since. His prints quickly caught the attention of The New York Times’ Art Director, which soon became the beginning of a several decade-long collaboration with one of world’s best-known daily newspapers. Bartkus’s practice is not limited to graphics though: the artist has also created object art, installations, photographs, photomontages, paintings, drawings and street art, among other artistic projects.
Ray Bartkus’s early work in illustration was featured in the covers and pages of many American and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Harper’s, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The New Republic, Smart Money, The Fortune, Businessweek, Courrier International and others. Later, seeking to expand his creative vision, the artist began to devote greater efforts to developing his own independent art projects, which included digital art, installations, oil paintings and drawings. Today Bartkus can be described as a versatile artist whose conceptual work is characterised by a wide variety of techniques. He gives special focus to different media and the abundant opportunities they provide: as he himself claims, making full use of each media and their combinations allows him to reach the viewer more clearly and directly. Bartkus also pays attention to current global issues and their meanings relevant at a particular time.
Ray Bartkus’s work has been exhibited in multiple personal shows in Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Austria and the US, with no identical collection presented in any two of them. He is also actively participating in group exhibitions, collaborative art projects and festivals. Bartkus is the designer of the 50 litas bill (Lithuania’s national currency used until 2015). His editorial illustrations have received numerous awards from various American designer and illustrator societies. Finally, Bartkus’s works have been included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Lithuania’s National Art Museum as well as many private collections in the US, Canada, Lithuania, Germany, France and other countries.
In 1991 he moved with his wife Ina and son Kris to New York City, where he has resided since and where his prints quickly attracted the attention of the New York Times art director and he began what became several decades of work with the New York Times. His illustrations were subsequently featured in the covers and pages of many national and international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Harper's, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, the New Republic, Smart Money, The Fortune, Businessweek, Courrier International. Ray's editorial illustrations have received numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers, the Society of Newspaper Designers and the Society of Illustrators.
Seeking to expand his creative vision, Ray has begun devoting greater efforts to his own art projects, which include digital art, installations, oil paintings and drawings. In the past decade, Ray has hosted successful personal shows in Vienna (Austria), Warsaw (Poland), Geneva (Switzerland), Wroclaw (Poland), Kiev (Ukraine), Vilnius (Lithuania), Salzburg (Austria), Philadelphia (USA) and New York City, exhibiting entirely new collections of works in every one of them.
Ray BartkusSuperGod SuperGod (777 images of Jesus, 108 images of Buddha, 108 images of Krishna, 108 Image of Vishnu, 108 images of Shiva, and 10 images of Zeus), 2019€ 7,750.00View more details
Ray BartkusSuperSex ( 1001 images of sexual intercourse), 2019€ 7,750.00View more details
Ray BartkusReminder (The New York Time1 2006), 2011View more details
Ray BartkusYES (The New York Times 20108), 2011View more details
Ray BartkusArctic Boom Town (The Wall Street Journal 2011), 2011View more details
Ray BartkusSpread Out I, 2008View more details
Ray BartkusAs Above, 2007€ 7,735.00View more details
Ray BartkusPaint City (the New York Times 2007), 2007View more details
Ray Bartkus... So Below, 2007€ 7,735.00View more details
Ray BartkusShadow of the world, 2007$ 7,750.00View more details
Ray BartkusOne Size Fits All, 2007View more details
Ray BartkusIII, 2005View more details
Ray BartkusIV, 2005View more details
Ray BartkusII, 2004View more details
Born 1961 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Works and lives in New York, USA.
1980-1986 – Department of Graphics at Vilnius Academy of Arts
2019 – 12RAMių, Ramintoja Church, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – Ray Bartkus‘s Gardens, Washington Train Station, Chicago Public Library, Kimmel Arts Centre in Philadelphia, United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York Federal Palace Memorial Museum (USA)
2016 – Bridges, Harmony Park (Lithuania)
2015 – The Globe, UN Headquarters, New York City (USA)
2015 – Hybrid War, Leopoldskron Palace, Salzburg (Austria)
2015 – Storylines, Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia (USA)
2013 – Last paintings, Neon Gallery, ASP, Wroclaw, (Poland)
2013 – Balance, Salle des Pas Perdus, UN, Geneva (Switzerland)
2013 – Landing Strip, Harmony Park (Lithuania)
2013 – Last Paintings, Cukrus club, Marijampolė (Lithuania)
2012 – Last Paintings, VAA exhibition space ‘Titanikas’, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2011 – Love/Crash, Luxon gallery, Kiev (Ukraine)
2010 – Artscape/Poland, VARTAI gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2009 – Breaking Point, Zeh gallery, Kiev (Ukraine)
2008 – Forgeries, VARTAI gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 – Prints, Kairė/Dešinė gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2007 – News, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2006 – Yesterday's News is Tomorrow's Art, Lithuanian Cultural Center in Warsaw (Poland)
2005 – Connectivity Power, OSCE, Hofburg Palace, Vienna (Austria)
2020 – Spectrum, VARTAI gallery (Lithuania)
2019 – An exhibition of contemporary Lithuanian artists, Espace Commines exhibition space (France)
2016 – MaLoNY, City-Wide Contemporary Arts Festival, Marijampolė (Lithuania)
2015 – MaLonNY, City-Wide Contemporary Arts Festival, Marijampolė (Lithuania)
2014 – MaLonNY, City-Wide Contemporary Arts Festival, Marijampolė (Lithuania)
2011 – Not there, Convent of St.Cecilia, Brooklyn (USA)
2010 – Lithuania.Drawing, LRAL, London (Great Britain)
2010 – IDG6, Fluxus Art Ministry, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2009 – F.R.I.K, Video Art Festival, Skopje (Macedonia)
2009 – ARCO, Madrid (Spain)
2008 – Art For Change, ArtBreak gallery, New York (USA)
2008 – IDG4NY, ArtBreak gallery, New York (USA)
2008 – Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki (Finland)
2008 – DIVA NY 08, NYC, (USA)
2007 – Cooler in the Shade, Festival of Innovative Music and Intermedia, NYC (USA)
2007 – Independent Drawing Gig #3, Quartier, Hague (Netherlands)
2006 – Independent Drawing Gig #2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (Macedonia)
2004 – The Art of The Times (25 Years of the illustrations In the New York Times), Society of Illustrators, NYC (USA)
2003 – Picturing The Times (Eastern European Illustrators at the New York Times), School of Visual Arts, NYC (USA)
2018 – American Business Award
2012 – Global Lithuanian Award
National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, USA
The Morehead State University, Prints Collection, Morehead, USA
National Art Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius University Graphic Collection, Vilnius, Lithuania
SpectrumGroup exhibition 14 Jul - 26 Aug 2020Curator Linas Bliškevičius Artists and designers: Gabrielė Adomaitytė, Jānis Avotiņš, Ray Bartkus, Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas, Jokūbas Čižikas, Adomas Danusevičius, Marija Puipaitė & Vytautas Gečas, Vytenis Jankūnas, Linas Jusionis, Žilvinas Kempinas, Mindaugas...
RAFAŁ BUJNOWSKI / RAY BARTKUSARTSCAPE: POLAND 7 Sep - 22 Oct 2010Large-scale interdisciplinary project ARTscape continues its programme throughout the year 2010. It involves contemporary art, cinema and jazz, co- organized by some of the most qualified cultural institutions: Gallery Vartai,...
2017 – Paulina Blažytė, “Tapatybės kaita: Paroda ‘Nuo realizmo iki objekto. Pasaulio lietuvių menas Lietuvos išeivijos dailės fondo kolekcijoje’ Vytauto Kasiulio dailės muziejuje”, in: 7 meno dienos, Nr. 23(1217), 2017-06-09
2012 – Kęstutis Šapoka, “Du pasauliai. Ray Bartkaus personalinė paroda Titanike”, in: Kultūros barai, Nr. 11, 2012.
2008 – Neringa Černiauskaitė, “Trys Ray Bartkaus pasai”, in: Dailė, Nr. 2(42), 2008.
2008 – “Digitally SSurreal: An interview with Ray Bartkus, iliustrator, New York City”, in: Becoming a Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Web, Video, Broadcast, Game and Animation Design, ed.: Steven Heller, David Womack, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.