Ray Bartkus

Ray Bartkus was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. After graduating from Vilnius Art Academy as a printmaker, he began creating lithographs, etchings and pencil drawings, which he exhibited in numerous juried and personal shows in Lithuania, Poland, Germany, France, USA, Canada, among other countries. He also designed the 50 litas bill, which was in the circulation in Lithuania until 2015.

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 each of them.
Born 1961 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Lives and works in New York, USA
1980 - 1986
Vilnius Art Academy, Department of Graphics
Selected solo exhibitions
Bridges, Harmony Park, Lithuania
Storylines, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, US
Hybrid War, Leopoldskron palace, Zalsburg, Austria
The Globe, UN Headquarters, New York, US
Balance, Salle des pas perdus, UN Palace, Geneva, Switzerland
Last Paintings, Marijampolė, Lithuania
Last Paintings, Neon Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
Last Paintings, VDA DIC Titanikas, Vilnius
Exhibition in the gallery Cech, Kiev
Forgeries, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius
Selected group exhibitions
MaLonNY, city-wide contemporary arts festival, Marijampole, Lithuania
MaLonNY, city-wide contemporary arts festival, Marijampole, Lithuania
MaLonNY, city-wide contemporary arts festival, Marijampole, Lithuania
Not There, Convent of St. Cecilia, Brooklyn, US
The exhibition and auction of contemporary art "From Artists' Workshops"
DIVA NY 08, New York, USA
IDG4NY, gallery ArtBreak, New York, USA
Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki, Finland
Prints, gallery Kairė-Dešinė, Vilnius, Lithuania
News, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Independent Drawing Gig #3, Quartier, den Hague, Netherlands
Cooler in the Shade, Festival of Innovative Music and Intermedia, New York, USA
Independent Drawing Gig #2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia
Yesterday’s News is Tomorrow’s Art, Lithuanian Cultural Centre, Warsaw, Poland
Connectivity Power, OSCE Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
The Art of The Times (25 Years of the illustrations In the New York Times), Society of Illustrators, New York, USA
Picturing The Times (Eastern European Illustrators at the New York Times), School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
Parson School of Design, New York, USA
The Best Spot Illustrations 2003 (Annual SPD Competition)
Annual Show of Lithuanian Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Best Illustrations of 2001, NYC Public Library, New York, USA
Exhibitions at Vartai
Catalog for exhibition Invisible Bridges of Cultures: Africa and Lithuania

Invisible Bridges of Cultures: Africa and Lithuania. Vilnius: Galerija VARTAI, 2007