b. 1935, Italy

Valerio Adami Biography

Valerio Adami was born in Bologna on March 17th 1935. Then moved to Milan, he enrolled in 1952 at the Brera Academy, where he will have as a teacher of drawing Achille Funi. Finished his studies he moved temporarily to Paris and here he met the painters Wilfredo Lam and Roberto Sebastian Matta. Back in Italy, in 1959 he held his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of Naviglio. Since 1960 begin for Adami a series of long stays that will take him to many nations: from Cuba to India, to Israel and Argentina. These journeys will be fundamental because inexhaustible source of friendships, such as the one with the philosopher Jacques Deridda and painters Saul Steinberg and Richard Lindner. Adami worked between London and Paris from 1961 to 1964, the year in which he was present with a personal room at Documenta 3 in Kassel. His painting is characterized by a chromatism and a marked drawing, which in 1961-1964, the period of his stay in London and also accomplice the comparison with pop art, will be strengthened even more with the use of a color scheme characterized by bright colors and strong contrasts of light. The style is distinguished by the use of a chromatic material in flat drafts, within the sharp black contours of the drawing. Since 1964 he has used comics as a field of investigation, exploiting the concise and synthetic language, typical of the works of Roy Lichtenestein. Characteristic of his painting are the sharp contours, large backgrounds and the setting in fantastic scenarios or environments of everyday life: bedrooms and living rooms. The techniques used are: oil, watercolor, acrylic and silkscreen. Numerous over the years the personal exhibitions, such as that held at Studio Marconi in Milan in 1969, at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1970 and the large anthological exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou in 1985. He also participated in the Venice Biennale in 1968 and 1986, and Documenta III in Kassel with a personal room. Valerio Adami currently lives and works between Paris and Meina, on Lake Maggiore.

Valerio Adami Featured Artworks

Rosenkavalier (studio) by Valerio Adami contemporary artwork painting
Valerio Adami Rosenkavalier (studio), 2006 Acrylic on canvas
130 x 97 cm
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L'incantesimo del lago by Valerio Adami contemporary artwork painting
Valerio Adami L'incantesimo del lago, 1984 Acrylic on canvas
198 x 263 cm
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Anagrammi by Valerio Adami contemporary artwork painting
Valerio Adami Anagrammi, 1986 Acrylic on canvas
199.5 x 266 cm

Valerio Adami Current & Recent Exhibitions

Valerio Adami Represented By

Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Brussels, Paris

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