Adami received a classical art education which began at the Leonardo Institute in his home town. Subsequently he studied at the Scuola d’Arte in Cascina and at the Academy of Art in Florence. Early in his career he won several art awards. In 1959 he decided to complete his studies in Paris. He now divides his time between Paris, France en Pietrasanta, Italy. This Tuscan town lies near a marble quarry and exerts a considerable attraction for many sculptors.
Marble is Adami’s preferred working material. He alternates a variety of types and colors of marble with other materials like bronze and silver.
Franco Adami’s work is based on classical Italian tradition. In addition, his forms evoke an association with African art. Since 1987, his journeys to Africa have been an important source of inspiration. This is most visible in his masks. Adami is a perfectionist. He chooses his materials with the greatest care, with a view to an optimal cohesion between material, color, form and theme. His striving for perfection results in harmonious sculptures; sober yet extremely refined. Although in the early seventies Adami created abstract works with surrealistic influences, his oeuvre is in fact figurative. Adami is fascinated and inspired by the creations by the human form and animal world. The forms of Adami’s sculptures are often round, simple, yet powerful. Flowing lines and technical perfection characterize his images. The pure form is the result of a creative process in which Adami gives shape to an idea and returns to its essence.
Franco Adami exhibits his sculptures in museums and galleries in various countries. Many of his works found a place in important international art collections. Heading the impressive list are the collections of the Japanese Emperor and former president of the US, George Bush.