Born at the start of XX century, Rykr was refused at the Academy of Fine Arts and studied archeology instead. From 1925 he worked as a set designer for the Prague National Theatre but he also worked in advertising for the Maršner chocolate company, creating the famous Orion star wrapping. During his career he experimented with many styles and was influenced by different artistic movements from Surrealism to oriental calligraphy. He associated himself with Devětsil, although he always maintained a unique perspective on the avant-garde. He was close friend with Jaromír Funke.