Valerio Adami was born on March 17, 1935 in the Italian city of Bologna. Adami took up his studies at the age of 16 at the Academy Brera in Milan. During his studies in Venice Adami met Kokoschka and Matta. He showed his first single exhibition in Milan in 1957. In the year 1962 Adami married Camilla and settled down in Arona at the Lago Maggiore. In 1974 Adami moves to Bavaria where he and Helmut Heisenbüttel published the book "Das Reich". After 1974 he travelled to India, the USA and Israel. In 1981 Valerio Adami was commissioned to create a big ceramic wall for the Nouvelle École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Cercy-Pontoise. In 1984 he ceased dating his pictures. Two years later, in 1986, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris exhibited a retrospective of the painter's work.