In his exuberant paintings, often infused with uncanny dark humor, artist and former fashion designer Dalton Gata (b. 1977, Santiago de Cuba) address issues of gender and queer identity through a figurative language influenced by Surrealism and Afro-Caribbean culture.
For L’Officiel Art, the Cuban artist has created a photo assemblage freely inspired by the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s song "You Want It Darker." Under the title We Kill the Flame, the visual essay tells the story of a newborn love tragically ruined by the demons of suffering and death.
Direction and Photography by Dalton Gata
Models: Dickyra Lishka, Enrique Rivera Prince, and Ramón Alejandro Pabón
Makeup and Hair: James Reno
Location: Dickyra's house, Ponce, Puerto Rico