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Formento & Formento USA

FORMENTO + FORMENTO

 

Formento & Formento known for their romantic and stylish photographs that explore in -desaturated, cinematic scenes - themes of love, longing and the burden of memory.  Their style reveals a fascination with mood and texture, and a sense of place figures prominently.

From America, Cuba, Mexico, India to Japan they blend fervent passion for photography and film with a lasting love for one another.

BJ Formento was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Philippines. After studying photography at the Academy of Arts and UC Berkeley , he moved to New York and worked with Mary Ellen Mark, Annie Leibovitz, Eugene Richards and Arnold Newman.  Since 2001, he has shot for a host of publications and advertising clients while developing his art photography work.

Richeille Formento was born in London and attended the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director in the fashion industry. 

 

Formento & Formento entered the Fine Art scene in 2009 with their first series, Circumstance: American Beauty Down on Bruised Knees. Embarking on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles, the Formentos travelled through twenty‐five states, photographing the women they found along the way, often recruited the same day as the shoot. Referencing classic American paintings and cinema, Circumstance embodies the combined American visions of both BJ and Richeille. Capturing a country during uncertain times, their dramatically lit subjects are transformed into heroines and femme fatales caught in intense moments of emotion and reflection.

Formento & Formento known for their romantic and stylish photographs that explore in -desaturated, cinematic scenes - themes of love, longing and the burden of memory.  Their style reveals a fascination with mood and texture, and a sense of place figures prominently. From America, Cuba, Mexico, India to Japan they blend fervent passion for photography and film with a lasting love for one another.

Their work has convoked a passionate following in a short time with representation and exhibitions that span the globe.  From Robert Klein Gallery in Boston to Fahey Klein Gallery LA,

Bonhams NYC, Corso Como Gallery Milan.  Permanent collections with International Center for Photography NYC, Currier Museum and Lewben Museum. More recent is their foray in filmmaking won them accolades at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and raising funds for International Rescue Committee with their short film "The Voyage" that drew thousands of people during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015.  Vogue Italia, is a continuous supporter of their work, featuring them monthly on Vogue.it. In September 2013 the Formentos celebrated the release of their first art tome, Circumstance, published by YK Editions, accompanied by a short documentary on their work shown at the Pompidou Museum in Paris and their 2nd book published in 2015 entitled “Cinematic Chronicles”. Their increased presence in the international art fair circuit includes Paris Photo, AIPAD, The Armory Show, Photo Shanghai, Art Silicon, Art Miami, Art Wynwood and Photo London.

 

 

Permanent Collections

2015                International Center for Photography NY Permanent Collection

2015                Lewben Museum, Poland Permanent Collection

2015                Currier Museum, New Hampshire Permanent Collection

Exhibitions

 

2016                Photo Vogue Festival, Base Gallery Milano

2016                Art Basel Miami Beach Marcowicz Gallery Miami

2016                Soho House, Miami Feb 1- April 1 Solo Exhibition “She is Cuba”

2016                Parmigiani Gallery Feb 1- April 1 Solo Exhibition “Circumstance”

2015                Women’s Club, Miami She is Cuba and Japan Diaries Solo Exhibition

2015                ABMB / Red Digital Cinema short film and photographs“The Voyage”

 

2015                 Bonhams Auction, NYC

2015                 Artnet nude Auction, NYC          

2015                 In Haus, NYC group exhibition for Midnightrun.org

2015            Photo London, Robert Klein Gallery

2015            Art Wynnwood, Miami Beach, Fl., VVFA Gallery

2014            Art Miami, Miami Beach, Fl. Booth Installation: She is Cuba and Japan Diaries

2014            Snap Gallery, Orlando, Florida

2014            Photo Shanghai, Fahey Klein Gallery

2014            Art Silicon, VVFA Gallery

2014                Fahey Klein Gallery Solo Exhibition, Los Angeles

2014                Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

2014                Robert Klein Gallery, AIPAD, New York

2014                L'Atelier Des Artistes, Paris

2014                Traffic Art Space, New York

2013                Art Basel, Single Artist Booth Presentation, VVFA/Traffic Art Space

2013                Photo Paris, Robert Klein Gallery

2013                Corso Como Gallery, Group Show Vogue Italia, Milan

2013                Traffic Art Space, New York

2013                Wonderground Gallery, New York

2013 Art Miami, Miami Beach, Fl. Booth Installation: Circumstance-American Beauty Down on Bruised Knees

2013                Pompidou Museum, Presentation of a Documentary on Formento + Formento

2012                Underground Gallery, Art Below, Queens Diamond Jubilee, London

2012                Corso Como Gallery, Group Show Vogue Italia 101 Photographs, Milan

2012                Solo Exhibition, Society Club Soho, London

2012                Awarded Vogue’s New Exposure with Bottega Veneta and Red Camera

2012                Solo Exhibition, Salon Gallery, NYC

2012                Milk Gallery, US Vogue Group Show, NYC

2012                Togonon Gallery, San Francisco

2011                Photo District News Annual Winner

2011                Life Support Japan

2011                Yellowkorner Gallery, Germany

2010                Beers Lambert Gallery London

2010                Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2010                Beers Lambert Gallery, London

2010                Le Dumois Gallery, France

2010                Sakura Gallery, Tokyo

2010                Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara California

2007                Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2006               Yerba Buena Gallery, San Francisco

 

PUBLICATIONS, PRESS, REVIEWS

                           

2016                  Cover and 52 page spread in Tartarus Magazine, NYC

2014                Schon! Japan Diaries Review

2014                Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 60 Aug/Sept She is Cuba feature story

2014                L’Oeil, American Beauty on Bruised Knees, Review

2014                American Photo, Through the Eyes of Global Nomads, Japan Diaries, Interview

2014                Juxtapose

2014                NORMAL Magazine, Cover and 28 pages

2013                Circumstance: American Beauty Down on Bruised Knees, Coffee Table Book

                            Pulished by YK Publishers.

2013                AMMO Magazine, Video Interview

2013                Aethetica Magazine, Frozen Narratives, cover story

2013                Surface Magazine, China

2013                Collecting Fine Art TeNeues

2013                Citizen K Magazine

2013                Hunger Magazine

2013                Ideal Magazine, Paris

2013                Version Femina Magazine, Paris

2013                Grazia Magazine, Milan

2013                Paris Match Magazine

2013                Be Magazine

2012                Photo District News Magazine

2012                Aesthetica Magazine

2012                Vogue Magazine (US)

2011                Female Persuasion Magazine

2011                Live Fast Magazine

2011                Photo District News Magazine

2011                Eyemazing Magazine

2011                Live Fast Magazine

2011                Female Persuasion Magazine

2011                Canteen Magazine

2010                Componere Magazine

2010                Picture Magazine

 

JAPAN DIARIES

 

 

“As outside observers, the Formentos’ stylized images explore the dichotomies that embody modern Japan— blurring the aesthetics between tradition and the ultra modern, fantasy and reality. The captivating tableaus exude a sense of tension, melancholy, and a quiet unease. Each image from Japan Diaries exists as if it were a still taken from a noir Japanese film, each solitary figure yearning for something unknown.” — David Fahey

 

“In the Japan Diaries they arrived as outsiders, bringing with them rich impressions accumulated from Japanese art and cinema, but possessing keen fresh eyes hungry for the exotic aesthetic contrarieties of this ancient yet ultramodern culture.  They move between traditional geisha looks and pop and punky fashions, between the rigorous formality of temples and the neon lit pop of commercial streets, between the serenity of Zen gardens and the tension of kinbaku or rope bondage, between ikebana and commercial packaging. In some scenes we experience a hint of the sort of sexual energy in the films of Nagisa Oshima, In the Realm of the Senses and Empire of Passion—but here there is no resolution, only an allure that inspires longing for something strange and unknown. Everywhere there are hints of what might link these images, but the movie only happens in your head and it can be different every time. Real life happens in motion like cinema. Dreams, bounded only by the imagination, begin in stills.”   —Glenn O’Brien