Joe Hidalgo-Gato (Gato) was born in Havana, Cuba, shortly before his family settled in New York. He grew up in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Gato took his undergraduate studies in photojournalism as a Communications Major at Long Island University, C.W. Post Center.
The Chairman of the photography department at that time was acclaimed photographer, Arthur Leipzig.
Gato later attended F.I.T. and the Summer Film Intensive at NYU Film.
Gato assisted top Fashion and Editorial photographers in New York City and later split his time on South Beach. Most notably, Gato assisted Bill King, Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier, Otto Stupakoff, Andrea Blanch and Helmut Newton.
Gato's credits include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Yorker Magazine, Miami City Ballet, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Balanchine Trust, The Jerome Robbins Trust, The Twyla Tharp Trust, Van Cleef and Arpels and The Village Voice.
Gato currently resides in a quiet corner of South Beach. His work was included in the ICP exhibit, "Global Images for Global Crisis" He became an FAA certified drone pilot during the pandemic lockdown.