Ray Bartkus was born in Vilnius and after graduating from the Academy of Art he started making lithographs, etchings and pencil drawings. Once he moved to New York with his wife, his illustrations began to attract several newspapers, including the New York Times, for which he produced cartoons and drawings for more than ten years.
It was only after years of his career that he began to devote himself to other forms of art, including street art. In this context, he differed from other colleagues thanks to a particular mural, Floating World.
It is a work that occupies the entire external surface of a house overlooking the Šešupė River, in his native Lithuania. At first glance, it may not surprise, but it may not even be fully understood. You will recognize a swan, a swimmer, two rowers on a canoe, two dolphins jumping out of the water, a girl diving, but all in reverse, upside down.
This choice is due to the fact that the real end result of Floating World is revealed in its reflection in the river when the figures turn over and return to their natural habitat, the water.