Josef Kote

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  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    At Rest

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Soothes the Mind

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Brighter than the Sun

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    The Bright Side

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Times Like This

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Autumnal Wind

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Just One Wish

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Don’t Stop Believing

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    This is So NYC

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Brooklyn Bridge

  • Josef Kote - Ocean Waves

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    Ocean Waves

  • Josef Kote - The Light Returns
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    The Light Returns

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  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Williamsburg Bridge

  • Josef Kote - View from Brooklyn Bridge
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    View from Brooklyn Bridge

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  • Josef Kote - Silent Melody
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    Silent Melody

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  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    A Day of Sunshine

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting

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    Ocean Breeze

  • Josef Kote - Gentle Waves
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    Gentle Waves

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  • Josef Kote - Up Close

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    Up Close

  • Josef Kote - Now You Know, NYC

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    Now You Know, NYC

  • Josef Kote - Beyond What We See
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    Beyond What We See

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  • Josef Kote - City of Motion - NYC
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    City of Motion – NYC

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  • Josef Kote - The Upper Skies

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    The Upper Skies

  • Josef Kote - Sea and Clouds
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    Sea and Clouds

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  • Josef Kote - Sail Away

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    Sail Away

  • Josef Kote - Grand St. and Central St. - NYC

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    Grand St. and Central St. – NYC

  • Josef Kote - Moving On
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    Moving On

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  • Josef Kote - Test of Time

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    Test of Time

  • Josef Kote - NYC At Night
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    NYC At Night

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  • Josef Kote - Walk to the Light

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    Walk to the Light

  • Josef Kote - In the Moment

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    In the Moment

  • Josef Kote - All the Way

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    All the Way

  • Josef Kote - Reflecting Sunlight

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    Reflecting Sunlight

  • Josef Kote - Serenity Now
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    Serenity Now

    $41,500
  • Josef Kote - Stock Exchange - NYC
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    Stock Exchange – NYC

    $13,850
  • Josef Kote - Always Ready

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    Always Ready

  • Josef Kote - Best Summer

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    Best Summer

  • Josef Kote - Beyond the Fall

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    Beyond the Fall

  • Josef Kote - Changing Seasons

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    Changing Seasons

  • Josef Kote - Chasing the Sun
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    Chasing the Sun

    $13,850
  • Josef Kote - Colorful Sky
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    Colorful Sky

    $18,300
  • Josef Kote - Direct Insight

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    Direct Insight

  • Josef Kote - Don't Wake Me Up

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    Don’t Wake Me Up

  • Josef Kote - Dream Away
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    Dream Away

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  • Josef Kote - Drifting Off to Tranquility

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    Drifting Off to Tranquility

  • Josef Kote - Enchanted Place

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    Enchanted Place

  • Josef Kote - Everlasting Light

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    Everlasting Light

  • Josef Kote - Everlasting Love
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    Everlasting Love

    $20,800
  • Josef Kote - Flatiron Building
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    Flatiron Building

  • Josef Kote - Flatiron Building, NYC

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    Flatiron Building, NYC

  • Josef Kote - Glory of Expression

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    Glory of Expression

  • Josef Kote - Golden Tree

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    Golden Tree

  • Josef Kote - Here to Stay

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    Here to Stay

  • Josef Kote - I Call It Magic

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    I Call It Magic

  • Josef Kote - Let There Be Light
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    Let There Be Light

    $20,800
  • Josef Kote - Letting Go

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    Letting Go

  • Josef Kote - Looking for the Summer

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    Looking for the Summer

  • Josef Kote - Mezmerizing Waves

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    Mezmerizing Waves

  • Josef Kote - Moment of Solitude

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    Moment of Solitude

  • Josef Kote - Paradise Found

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    Paradise Found

  • Josef Kote - Radiant Red

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    Radiant Red

  • Josef Kote - Reset
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    Reset

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  • Josef Kote - Resting in Water

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    Resting in Water

  • Josef Kote - Return

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    Return

  • Josef Kote - She's Like the Wind
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    She’s Like the Wind

    $20,800
  • Josef Kote - Skyline at Night

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    Skyline at Night

  • Josef Kote - Somehow It Felt Right

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    Somehow It Felt Right

  • Josef Kote - Springtime in Soho

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    Springtime in Soho

  • Josef Kote - Sunny Days

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    Sunny Days

  • Josef Kote - The Old Barn

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    The Old Barn

  • Josef Kote - Unexpected Light

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    Unexpected Light

  • Josef Kote - Wholeness
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    Wholeness

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  • Josef Kote - josef kote
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    Will Rise Again, NYC

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original painting
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    Always

  • Josef Kote - Josef Kote Original Acrylic
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    Central Park, NYC

    $18,300
  • Josef Kote - Emerald Blue Rippling Waves
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    Emerald Blue Rippling Waves

  • Josef Kote - Josef Kote Original
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    Evening Harmony

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting
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    Glowing Morning, NYC

    $12,200
  • Josef Kote - Josef Kote Original Acrylic
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    Grand Central

    $12,200
  • Josef Kote - Joyful
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    Joyful

  • Josef Kote - josef kote original acrylic painting
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    Magical Morning, NYC

    $12,200
  • Josef Kote - Music & Color
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    Music & Color

    $16,450
  • Josef Kote - Josef Kote Original Acrylic
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    Peace in the Midst of Storm

    $14,200

Biography

The paintings of Josef Kote (b.1964) are symphonies of light and color. They are lyrically stunning and romantic, edgy and current. Kote achieves this delicate balance of seemingly contradictory qualities through his complete mastery of technique, and through years of experimenting to find his own unique style. With the lightness of a true master's hand, he combines classic academic and abstract elements, fusing these, literally letting them run into each other with dripping rivulets of riveting colors and light. 

Kote's trademarks are his bold brushwork and sweeping strokes of vibrant colors applied - more often than not - with a pallet knife, while other areas of the canvas are left monochromatic and devoid of detail creating a negative space that lets the eye drift to infinity. The results are paintings that tremble in stillness with energy and light. 

Influenced by many places where he lived, Albanian-born artist Josef Kote began his journey towards artistic self-discovery in his youth and never looked back. 

From very young age he was endlessly drawing and had the innate urge to create. By the age of 13, he had made up his mind to become an artist and devote his life to the arts. He focused on getting accepted into the finest art high school of his native Albania. Ultimately, after competing locally and nationally, he was awarded a coveted spot at "National Lyceum of Arts" in Tirana. 

In 1984 Kote followed this amazing feat by being accepted into the "Academy of Fine Arts" of Tirana, where J.K was educated in the traditional approach of the old masters. Yet even as a student he wanted to break loose of the limitations, he wanted to experiment and grow, sometimes leave paintings seemingly unfinished, shatter the boundaries of classic realism. While still in school Kote also worked at a movie studio, and made a small but well-received animation film "Lisi". 

In 1988 Kote graduated with a diploma in painting and scenography. The years of practice and his 8-year solid art education had prepared the young artist well to pursue his life's quest of living and breathing art. It had set him on his lifelong journey to find his own unique style and language, to create stupendous paintings pulsating with the light and energy that he sees all around him.

Kote began his professional career as a scenographer at the Petro Marko Theatre in Vlore, but in late 90-s the 26-year-old artist grew restless and decided to debark to Greece, where the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and brilliant light infused his paintings in tone and style and lent them a more impressionistic air. 

Highly respected, the young artist did well and received many important commissions, including in 1998 The Meeting of the Leaders for the Hellenic Cultural Union in Thessaloniki which depicted the Assembly of the Founders of Modern Greece, and a portrait in 2000 of the former president of Greece, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, for the Greek community in Toronto.

After a very successful 10 years in Greece, Kote was weary to rest on his laurels, and he moved to Toronto. Already renowned for his beautiful portraits and scenic paintings, Kote now garnered additional kudos for his gorgeous cityscapes and snow scenes. His color and style moved away from the impressionistic influence toward a more expressionistic feel. The paintings from this period, many of them masterpieces, are a clear indication of the continual development of Kote's style and his fluidity and growth as an artist. Thanks to a host of avid collectors worldwide Kote saw his dream and years of labor come to fruition. Achieving this goal, however, only made him strive for higher ones.

Like a rolling stone, Kote moved to New York, The Big Apple, in 2009. Here his paintings and style morphed again. The colors grew bolder and his style became so unique that it cannot be ascribed to an existing genre. This highly prolific painter, who works on his craft almost daily and long hours, is never satisfied, always seeking, always experimenting, and always growing. 

Only the future will reveal the great heights his art will ascend. Certainly, one thing holds true for all of Kote's masterworks: they capture shimmering moments in time and space and are filled with light, energy, and love for whatever subject he chooses to portray.