Valerio Adami is a modern art classic. His works are deeply rooted in the humanist tradition of Europe and focus on human existence and cultural identity. Some consider him a modern philosopher who expresses his thoughts through colour and shape. Both his life and art were shaped by long journeys around the world and his acquaintance with various artists and intellectuals
Comic art and pop art are said to have had an enormous influence on Adami’s work. A series created during his stay in New York in 1968 caused his work to be labelled as “European pop art” for some time. In the 1970s, Adami’s style changed: he started using colours to create an atmosphere while commenting, connoting, and psychologising within his paintings. In 1964 and 1977 he took part in the documenta and from 1970 he received retrospectives of his work in major museums around the globe. In 2005 Adami founded the Fondazione europea del disegno – Fondation Adami in Meina, Italy.






1951-1954 studies at Accademia di Brera, Mailand

Solo exhibitions

2018 Valerio Adami, Galleria d’Arte l’incontro, Chiari, Italy

Valerio Adami Enchanteur, enchanté, Centre Cristel Editeur d’Art, Saint-Malo, France

Adami Ligne(s) de vie, Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton, France

2017 Valerio Adami, Metafisiche e Metamorfosi, Hungary Academy, Rome, Italy

Galleria André, Rome, Italy

Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy

Valerio Adami, The Narrative Line, The Mayor Gallery, London, UK

2016 Transfigurations, Chapelle Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Malo, France

De la ligne à la couleur, Le Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roche, Issoudun, France

Adami dal 1964 al 1999, Fondazione Marconi, Milan, Italy

Valerio Adami, Recent Works, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, Belgium

2015 Great retrospective Valerio Adami’s 80th birthday, Turin Museum, Turin, Italy.and Mantua Museum, Mantua, Italy

Valerio Adami, Centre d’art contemporain à cent mètres du centre du monde, Perpignan, France

2014 Valerio Adami, Disegnare, Dipingere, Galleria André, Roma, Italy

Valerio Adami, Centre d’art graphique de la Métairie Bruyère, Parly, France

2013 Mosaïques, Ravenna Museum of Art, Ravenna, Italy

Valerio Adami, Aquarelles, Galerie Biasutti, Turin, Italy

2012 Tableaux et dessins, Galerie Hass Ag, Zürich, Switzerland

New Painting – Photographic Work from the Sixties, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Figure nel tempo, Galleria Tega, Milan, Italy

Œuvres graphiques, Nev, Ankara, Turkey

Valerio Adami, les années 1960, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France

2011 Quadri di lettura, Padiglione Italia, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Paintings, Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca, Italy

Watercolours, Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy

Opere 1971 – 2010, Museo Provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano, Lecce, Italy

Galerie IUFM, 11th contemporary art biennale of Lyon, Lyon, France

2010 Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca, Locarno, Switzerland

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Miami, United States

Dessins, Impasse Beaubourg, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2009 Valerio Adami: Postlude, The Mayor Gallery, London, UK

2008 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

2007 Valerio Adami, Jusqu’ici, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2006 Adami d’après Adami, The Museum of Contemporary, Lisbon, Portugal

2004 Valerio Adami, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece

Valerio Adami : preludes et apres-ludes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2002 Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Finland

Galerie Marlborough in Monaco: Translation of his books at the Editions Galilée in Paris under the title ‘Dessiner Exposition personnelle de dessins’

Galerie Marlborough in New York, USA

Galerie Serge Laurent in Paris, France

1998 Retrospective at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1997 Retrospective in Tel Aviv, Israel

1996 Institute of Design, Foundation Adami : texts by Daniel Arasse, Luciano Berio, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, etc. (éditions Skira, Milan)

1994 Retrospective at Sienne, in the salles du Palazoo Publico and the Magazzini del Sale

Exhibition at Galerie Lelong in Paris, France

1990 Retrospective at the Centre Julio-Gonzalez de Valence in Spain; preface by Octavo Paz

1985 Retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; text by Dore Ashton, G.F. Lyotard and Alfred Pacquement

1983 Valerio Adami, Fuji Television, Tokyo, Japan

1970 Solo exhibition at L’ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and at the Galerie Adrien-Maeght, where he will exhibit regularly. The catalogue is prefaced by Jacques Dupin.

1957 First solo exhibition in Milan, Italy

Group exhibitions

2019 Works for $2,500 & under, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York


New Year shop and 2019 special offer !, Galerie Estampe

2018 #ArtWiseUp: For Tennis Lovers, ArtWise

2017 La Nouvelle Figuration Européenne: 1964 – 1976, Galerie du Griffon, Neuchâtel, Suisse

2016 De l’oeil a’ la main, et son detournement, Centre d’art contemporain de Chateauvert, Cha-teau- vert, France

Espace, Espaces!, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Italian Pop Tuornabuoni Art, London, United Kingdom

The Silo, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, United States

2015 189th RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland

2014 Figuration narrative, Adami, Erro, Klasen, Monory, Morteyrol, Velickovic, Atelier Gabriel-le, Salernes, France

Estampes et œuvres sur papier, Galerie Atelier 28, Lyon, France

2013 Collection LGR, MAMAC, Nice, France

2010 Arte Svelata, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy

2009 Riccardo Licata e gli amici di Venezia e Parigi, Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy

Fixsterne: 100 Jahre Kunst auf Papier, Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany

Hot Spots, touring exhibition: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ; Milan, Turin, Italy ; Los Angeles, United States ; Zürich, Switzerland

Passion d’art, Collection privées Musée Éphémère, Montélimar, France

Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968–2008, Museum of Contempo-rary Art of Chicago, Chicago, United States

2008 La Figuration narrative, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Signe écriture signe, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Liège, Belgium

Time & Place, Milano–Torino 1958–1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Camilla et Valério Adami, Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon’s house, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, France

2007 Arte italiana 1968–2007 Pittura, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

2006 Selecció del fons de la galeria, Art Vall, Andorra la Vella, Andora

Italian Pop, Mayor Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Artists and Their Models, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

Marlborough Monaco, Monaco

2005 Anthropography III, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece

Galerie Marlbourough Madrid, Spain

Musée Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal

2004 Suggestioni astratte e figurative, Galleria d’Arte 2000 & Novecento, Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy

2003 Collective exhibition at Galerie Serge Laurent, Paris, France

Anthropogeography – The Human Figure at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece

Valerio Adami, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

2000 Une ville – Une collection, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée, La Louvière, France

1996 Jacques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, etc. (éditions Skira, Milan)

1978 Le Disque, médium artistique : du futurisme à l’art conceptuel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada

From Nature to Art, from Art to Nature, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1968 Dada, Surrealism and Their Heritage, MoMA, New York

1964 I Massacri privati, Galleria Schwartz, Milan, Italy

1961 Italian Artists, Cambridge Art Association, Boston, United States

1960 Young Italian Painters, Kamakura Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan