Formento + Formento

Weaving cinematic worlds drenched in sensuality, Formento + Formento produces genre-bending photography that is as conceptually rich as it is precisely crafted.







BJ Formento was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Philippines. After receiving his BFA in Photography from the Academy of Arts University of California, he moved to New York and studied with Eugene Richards and Arnold Newman, and assisted Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Annie Leibovitz. 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.

They have garnered a passionate following in a short time with representation and exhibitions that span the globe. They are represented by Robert Klein Gallery and Fahey Klein Gallery and have had solo exhibitions worldwide. YK Editions published a large coffee table book on Circumstance in 2013, a documentary on their work shown at the Pompidou Museum in Paris the same year. 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. Their second book, published by Te Neus is due out in 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

2015 Photo London, Robert Klein Gallery
2015 Art Winwood, 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, 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 Miami, 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

Selected Press

2015 AMMO TV Interview
2014 Schon! Japan Diaries Review
2014 Aethetica 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 Published 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