Ron Amato has been making photographs since his childhood in Brooklyn, NY. His early influences were fashion and portrait photographers of the Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Francesco Scavullo. Most of Ron's adult work centers around the male figure.
In the 1990s and early 2000s Ron photographed for fitness and sports magazines including Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Sports Illustrated. Ron's first solo exhibition in NYC in 2000 was well received and prompted 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 2004 Ron began teaching and is currently an Associate Professor and the Chairperson of the Photography department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally and have been published in a number of anthologies. In June of 2014 a selection from his Armor series was exhibited in Berlin, Germany. 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 terrier Oliver.