L'Officiel Art

Inside Artist Dalton Gata's Beautiful, Dark, Twisted, Fantasy

The visual essay, freely inspired by Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker," is a love story with a tragic twist.
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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.

Dalton Gata lives and works in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and is represented by Embajada, San Juan Puerto Rico. He will have a solo show at Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City, from May 25 to June 22.

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


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