Josef Kote – The Man Behind the Painting

”Light, both in life and in art, has been an intriguing concept for me.  I pour myself onto each painting I create and every time the motivation is finding the light.”  – Josef Kote

If you are a lover of fine arts, then you will love and appreciate the works of Josef Kote, a natural Albanian artist, born in 1964. The art world is captivated by Josef’s brilliant and colorful display of representational art.  Without a doubt, his masterpieces depict light, energy, and color in a unique way.

Knowing the history of Josef Kote will bring to light his passion for painting.

His Early Life

As a young boy, Josef knew what route his life would take. He always had an urge to paint images in various forms, colors and shapes. He knew exactly what he wanted, and he was determined on becoming an artist. This determination led him, at the age of 13, to enroll in one of Albania’s finest art school, the National Lyceum of Arts in Tirana, where he studied for 4 years.

Growth is an important word in Josef Kote’s vocabulary. He believed in obtaining the best so attending the National Lyceum of Arts was not enough, he needed more. In 1984 he was accepted into the “Academy of Fine Arts”. At the Academy of Fine Arts his education was based purely on the traditional approach to painting. He was not motivated by such an approach. He wanted to do things in different ways, he wanted to experiment and break free from traditions.

However, in 1988 he graduated with a Degree in painting and scenography. This was the tool he needed to enter the world of art to express his own unique style and techniques.

His Professional Life

He started his professional career at the Petro Marko Theatre in Vlore as a scenographer. As his career grew he got the urge to spread his wings to go and see what other opportunities existed beyond the walls of Albania.

Therefore, in 1990, he journied to Greece where he immediately started exhibiting his artistic talent. In Greece the young artist gained several awards and commissions for his fine works. One such commission was the 1998 painting ”The Meeting of the Leaders” for the Hellenic Cultural Union in Thessaloniki, which depicted the Assembly of the Founders of Modern Greece.

At that time, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos was the President of Greece. He too experienced the natural talent of Josef, through a portrait Josef did of him in 2009.

Although his time in Greece was successful, that was not enough for him. So, after spending ten years he started his journey once more and landed in Toronto.  In Toronto he captured gorgeous urban sceneries and gave his paintings more expressive feel. He gained popularity as the years flew by with his outstanding masterpieces. He saw his dream and years of hard labor unfolding in his eyes, this made him want to reach even higher heights.

In the year 2009, Josef Kote hit the “Big Apple”. New York was where he excelled. His artistic colors grew bolder, and his style was one of a kind. He worked continuously and was always coming up with fresh innovations and creative styles.

His Contribution to ONESSIMO Fine Arts

Josef Kote’s contribution to ONESSIMO Fine Arts exceeds expectations. A tour of the gallery will reveal some of Kote’s finest masterpieces. His distinctive styles and techniques create beautiful and breathtaking artwork that captivate viewers with an incredible energy.

In an interview, Josef stated that he created art to evoke emotions and that his focus is to put his imagination and creativity to work.

His imagination and creativity has sparked quite a lot of interest in his selection of paintings at ONESSIMO. Moreover, clients are mesmerized by his “bold brush work and sweeping strokes of vibrant colors”.


Today, Josef Kote is recognized worldwide for his contributions to the world of art. His paintings can be found in numerous art galleries across the nation. He still paints and resides in New York, but who knows what the future holds for such an incredible and brilliant artist who is motivated by light?

Mackenzie Thorpe

“As a boy I used to play football with a goalpost drawn onto the side of a house.” 


That love of drawing and the need to create art was something that appeared very early in Mackenzie and is still his passion today.  In his childhood, he used whatever raw materials were on hand, sometimes drawing on cigarette packs with pencil stubs, even using pilfered lipstick and eye shadow from his mother’s purse!  Perhaps that is where his subtleties in shading began, and his dramatic use of color took shape.


Mackenzie grew up in the 1950’s in Middlesborough England, the child of a laborer and a nurse.  Life was often hard, as it was for many working class families, additionally, Mackenzie struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia.  He found his voice through his art and left school, worked manual labor jobs and continued with his passion; drawing and painting.   Despite his difficulties with formal education, he eventually mustered up his courage to apply to art school.  He has since become an artist known world wide, renowned for the powerful honesty and moving inspiration of his work.


Mr. Thorpe’s work has earned great distinction on many levels.  Several cities across the globe have commissioned him for public sculpture, he has been awarded an honorary Master’s Degree, Doctor of Arts from Teesside University, and he was chosen to create an original pastel to honor her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee.  We are honored to be chosen to feature a variety of his best works in pastels such as “Love Through The Snow” and “Down the River”.  Our gallery is fortunate to have numerous sculptural pieces such as “Lover’s Entwined” and “Bringer of Sunshine” in cast bronze, as well as others in metals and resins.  Onessimo Fine Art is also proud to offer limited edition prints.


Mackenzie Thorpe continues to grow and experiment as an artist, always sharing the joy and emotion of the human experience in his work.

“Despite leaving school without any qualifications (he was later diagnosed with dyslexia) and struggling to enter art school as a result of his learning difficulties, Mackenzie Thorpe has beaten all the odds to become one of England’s best-loved artists.”  – Society Magazine, London


Onessimo Fine Arts Galleries is pleased to present works by French artist, and national treasure, Jean-Marie Duaiv.  From the coastal region of France near Bordeaux, this incredible painter is inspired by the impressionist works of Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh.  Born in 1952, the artist showed talent at a very young age, being the child of a classical pianist and a sculptor, he picked up the first paintbrush at the tender age of 3.  When he was just 9 years old, he undertook and finished his first painting in oils.  Monsieur Duaiv, however, had other ideas for the budding young artist.  Rather than painting supplies, he gave his son a cello.  Fortunately for the world, the young Duaiv never gave up his love of visual arts, even as he pursued his education on the cello.  He worked hard, and was talented enough to receive a classical education in both music and art.


At the age of 23, Duaiv was fortunate to meet surrealist Salvador Dali.  Dali inspired the young aspiring artist to pursue art as a career, and encouraged Duaiv to use both of his passions for art and music. He still does both passionately and regularly, every day, as a matter of fact!  When you attend a gallery opening or book signing for his paintings, you are likely to be treated to an impromptu cello concert.  These “happenings”, as he calls them, are his way of blending the two arts that have meant so much to his life, and sharing them with and inspiring audiences.


Duaiv’s paintings are bright, lively, cheerful, and full of movement and light.  One can see the influence of masters such as Van Gogh in his bold, dynamic brush strokes, the softness of Monet’s palette blending, as Duaiv creates modernly vibrant impressionistic works of his own.  Duaiv paints the world around him, particularly verdant peaceful countrysides, energetic bustling metropolitan areas, and portraiture.  Known at the national level, and world famous, we are lucky to have this amazing artisan as a Florida local now.  Join us at Onessimo for a stroll through the works of this creative genius.

Domenic Besner


Domenic Besner

Domenic Besner is a well-known name in the artistic world. Like all his predecessors, he dedicated himself to his contemporary pictorial arts that depict human nature.

His Early Life

Searching for appealing shapes and colors as a profile for his world vision, Domenic Besner dedicated himself to painting. His paintings, filled with life and color, are inspired by his early education. At Algonquin College Besner received his first taste of formal training in Architecture. This early education molded his reflection of the city and the human dimensions and traditions that are necessary for survival.

Dominic Besner was born in 1965 in North Lancaster and graduated with an Architectural Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montreal in 1992. He obtained a mindset, from his training at the University, which helped him to define aspects of his environment with a critical eye. The inspiration for his paintings also came from several encounters he had on the back streets of Montreal as well as from great masters of painting.

For several years, Besner devoted himself to painting and his uniqueness are quite evident in his delivery. To create intensity in his paintings, he uses finger technique and canvas scraping. Lovers of the art are mesmerized by the way Besner captures the world in a gaze. He creates characters that are like shadows of themselves and are not scared of their destiny.

Did You Know This?
At the age of 7 Domenic had a hot-air balloon experience that mark the beginning of his painting journey. This is what he said:

“The hot-air balloon shook me at 7 years old and has inspired my artwork ever since. The passing of time, the transitory, winds, the sandglasses of time and the fascination of imagining mysterious beings aboard that balloon.”

His Contribution to The Art Form
Between 2003 and 2007, Besner participated in several exhibitions in Montreal. Inspired by the exotic colors of Morocco, he did not hesitate to paint the series “Le Banquet de Nacarat” for an exhibition at the Venice Cadre Gallery. He continued contributing to the art world up to the time that he was designated a room at the Galerie V Tremont to permanently display his unique work.

Besner was busy up to 2012 taking part in group exhibitions throughout London, China, Mexico, USA, and Canada. He created several pieces for special events worldwide. For example, in 2013 he created a collective piece for fundraising presented by the quarterly event Transit Fall, Atelier Nicolas Ruel, Montreal (Canada).

Presently, his artistic creations are displayed in several art galleries. A visit to Onesimmo Fine Art in Palm Beach, Florida, will reveal several of Besner original mixed media on canvas, such as the Baltha de colle, and La Blanch.

Alex Kveton

Alex Kveton

Sculptor Alex Kveton obtained two different points of view from his mother and father that shaped his career. The mastery of the timeless artisan techniques came from his father, while his mother opened his eyes to the world of artistic imagination.
His Early Life: 
Alex Kveton was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 1948 and graduated from the Technical School of Machinery Construction. He received his Master in Sculptures & Industrial Design from the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. At the Academy, Kveton was fascinated with metal which motivated him to create stainless steel and bronze sculptures. He also designed unique industrial equipment ranging from giant mining excavators to miniature medals.Not too long after his studies, he was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Vitkovice Steel.He also participated in a series of collective exhibitions the Czech Artists Association. He was in constant collaboration with Architects. One such collaboration was the installation of a creatively designed interior fountain for the Wedding Hall. This was where he discovered his passion for metal arts and crafts that later became his life-long work.Alex wanted to create large-scale sculptors, so after establishing himself in Czechoslovakia, he traveled to Austria in 1982. A year later he moved to New York where he became the Director of Art Division at one of the leading architectural metal fabricators. Although he created and exhibited his own art he still applied his talent and his expertise to deliver his clients’ vision.
His Contribution to The Art Form: 
Throughout North and South America, Europe and Russia, Alex’s contribution to the art form can be seen in several private and public collections. For instance, at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Atlanta Museum, there is a permanent display of a Porcupine Caribou 10 ft Corten-Steel structure. The Museum of Modern Art in New York also exhibits as part of a permanent collection of Architecture and Design “Titanium Algorithms Columns” that was designed and co-author by Alex Kveton.He also worked with some well-renowned artists. These artists include Bernard Venet, Robert Indiana, Larry Bell, and John Raimondi.Alex also made a name for himself with several patents and awards that he received. Some of them are: .
• United States Patent 6,640,605 B2, coauthor, Non-deformational bending of metal
• New York Foundation for the Art, Grand
• Marry O Fritchie Art Show, Best in Sculpture
• Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Best in Show
Where Are Alex Kveton Sculptures?
Alex Kveton’s curvaceous Bronze and stainless-steel sculptures are beautifully displayed at Onessimo Fine Art Gallery, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They are appreciated by customers for their uniqueness and unusual appearance. His sculptors are really inspiring. When asked about his inspiration behind his well-designed sculptors, he says:
“My inspiration comes from studying the nature around us. The intricate structure of a leaf, robustness of grass wind blowing through an open window, or moon reflecting in the water, all create the logical harmony of our nature’s building blocks.”