Josef Kote In 1964, a star was born. In the scenic port town of Vlore, Albania, modern master Josef Kote emerged eager to share his unique vision with the world. Yearning to be a part of something greater, Kote immersed himself in the arts early on. The atmosphere around him constantly inspired the young visionary. The vibrant metropolis of Vlore – a mélange of commercial industry and old world charm – was the perfect backdrop for an aspiring artist talent like Kote.