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Valerio Adami

Bologna, Italy 1935

Valerio Adami was born in 1935 in Bologna. He is one of the most famous Italian international representatives of Pop Art (a cultural movement born in England and the United States. It is characterized as a popular art, linked to posters, magazine covers, product packaging and comics).

Arriving in New York in 1967, he created a series of works inspired by American Pop artists which were exhibited at the Venice Biennale the following year. He is an ironic painter and cartoonist who loves to place his figures in fantastic contexts (such as mythological legends) or everyday contexts (such as living rooms and bedrooms); creates flat layers of color and then encloses the subjects within thick black outlines, without chiaroscuro. Through the use of acrylic and oil colours, watercolors and silkscreens it almost seems as if the figures are immersed in an atmosphere of surrealism and theatricality. Adami's modus operandi consists in reading journalistic magazines, projecting their stylized content onto the material support, accompanying it with acronyms and words. He was influenced by great masters before him such as Oskar Kokoschka, Francis Bacon and Giorgio de Chirico.

His works are exhibited in important private and public collections such as the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (Montecarlo); the Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; the Museum of Modern Art, Rome; the Museo del 900, Milan; the MoMA in New York.

Valerio Adami - "The Golf"

Valerio Adami



acrylic on canvas


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