Valerio Adami was born in Bologna on March 17, 1935. At the age of 16, he began to study under Achille Funi at the Brera academy in Milan. During his studies Adami met Kokoschka and Matta in Venice. After his studies he traveled to Paris in 1955. In 1957 Adami held his first solo exhibition in Milan and began to move back and forth between Italy and Paris, interspersed with trips to London, New York, South America and India.
In 1962 he finally settled in Arona at Lago Maggiore, having married his wife Camilla. But only five years later Adami returned to his globetrotter life, spending time in New York and London, where he produced numerous pictures on urban topics. Subsequently, he travelled to Mexico, Caracas, Marrakech and Flanders. In 1972 Valerio Adami, together with his brother Giancarlo, produced the movie 'Vacances dans le dèsert'. In 1974 Adami moved to Bavaria, where he published the book 'Das Reich' together with Helmut Heisenbüttel. From 1977, trips to India, the US and Israel followed. In 1981 Valerio Adami was commissioned to create a large ceramic wall for the Nouvelle École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Cercy Pontoise. In 1984 Adami ceased dating his pictures. In 1986 the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris showed a retrospective of Valerio Adami's oeuvre.