Valerio Adami, Italian artist, whose fame has now spread far beyond the fertile, undulating landscape of his native Bologna. After more than half a century of working creatively, Adami has evolved his own iconography, an ingenious pictorial language that embraces both past and present, in a familiar and accessible Pop Art style.
Erotic motifs have been a constant theme throughout Adami’s production: women and loving couples in their most intimate moments, captured in mythically saturated shades, in evocative deep reds and a myriad shades of blue.
Valerio Adami was born in Bologna in 1935 and developed an interest for drawing and painting at an early age. In 1951, at the tender age of just 16, he was accepted into the Accademia di Brera in Milan, where he studied and painted until 1954. He made his first trip to Paris in 1955, and by the age of 20 had already had the opportunity of meeting the painters Roberto Matta and Wilfredo Lam, who inspired him and encouraged him to develop his talents.
Since Adami’s first one-man exhibition in Milan in 1959 he has had numerous exhibitions throughout the world, and his works hang in many museums of modern art and in numerous private collections. A full-scale retrospective was awarded to Adami in 1985 at the Musée National d ‘Art Moderne at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 1989, to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, he was commissioned to produce a monumental mural for the Théàtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Throughout the year, in Italy a touring exhibition will celebrate Adami’s wonderful achievements.