Joe Hidalgo-Gato (Gato) was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Gato took his undergraduate studies as a Communications Major at Long Island University, C.W. Post Center.
The Chairman of the photography department at that time was Magnum 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 and later split his time on South Beach. Most notably, Gato assisted Bill King, Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier, Otto Stupakoff and Helmut Newton.
Gato's work has been widely published and made part of Trusts and Collections.