Joe Gato (Jose Hidalgo-Gato) was born in Havana, Cuba,
shortly before his family emigrated to New York. He grew up in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Manhattan.
Gato took his Bachelors studies in Photography as a Communications Major at Long Island University; C.W. Post Center, under the directorship of Magnum photographer, Arthur Leipzig.
He later attended the State University of New York; FIT, for Photographic studies and the NYU Film School summer intensive.
Among his influences are the work of painters Miro, Ruscha, Clemente, Rothko and photographers Avedon, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier Bresson and Eugene Smith.
Gato began his career in New York City as a staff assistant to Bill King Studio, he continued over a decade assisting the likes of Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton.
Gato's work has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The New Yorker Magazine, LA Times, Town and Country Magazine, Miami City Ballet, YoungArts, The Balanchine Trust, The Jerome Robbins Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gato currently makes his home base on Miami Beach. He is working on his first Monograph.