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Inspired artist as well as successful businessman, Benoît Côté is part of a rare species in our cultural milieu, with each one of his paintings as vibrant evidence of his uniqueness.

A graduate in Economics from Laval University, in 1953, Benoît Côté begins his career by setting up “Le Mobilier International”, introducing modern design in Quebec with a chain of stores that he owns and operates until 1985. But, having displayed an avid interest in painting since boyhood and strongly encouraged by Gerard Zanettin and some of the prominent artists of Zanettin’s Gallery, all his leisure time is devoted to painting.

His early paintings are representative of his natural environment: Quebec’s urban landscapes. A first solo exhibition at the Palais Montcalm in 1958 is met with enthusiasm and highly praised by Quebec critics: “His paintings reflect a deep poetical research and a purity of form, with “The essential taking up all the space” comments Le Soleil. “This is the work of a complete artist” adds yet another newspaper.

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