Ron Amato has been making photographs since his childhood in Brooklyn, NY. His early influences were fashion and portrait photographers Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Francesco Scavullo. Much of Ron’s work centers on issues of sexual identity.
In the 1990s and early 2000s Ron photographed for fitness and sports magazines including Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Sports Illustrated. He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally. His seminal show of sexual self-portraits at Richard Anderson Fine Arts in NYC in 2000 earned Ron a reputation for his frank portrayal of the sexual dynamic between men, prompting Vince Aletti to write in the Village Voice:
"Ron Amato (in his current show at Richard Anderson) (is) leaving nothing to our imagination with pictures of (himself) having a Kama Sutra's worth of sex, the sexual self-portraits of Pierre Molinier and Robert Mapplethorpe might seem a bit old-fashioned."
Ron's recent work centers around issues of aging in the Gay community, diverse images of male beauty, idealized body manipulation, image and social media and embracing same sex attraction. In 2017 Ron published his first monograph, The Box, which continues his exploration of these themes. The photo series and book garnered worldwide praise and won an American Photographic Artists Award for Outstanding Photography Series.
Ron’s most recent project, Gay In Trumpland, is a visual representation of the hostile actions taken against the LGBTQ community by the current executive branch of the United States government.
In 2004 Ron began teaching and is currently a Professor in the Photography and Related Media department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Ron has a BFA from School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Long Island University.
Ron still lives in Brooklyn with his husband Seth and their fox terriers Ben and Zeb.