Adam was born and grew up in Massachusetts. He also lived in Maine, Tennessee, and in France. He studied art at Laney Community College, and then in 1994 received a scholarship to study at the California College of Art. Initially interested in drawing and writing graphic novels, Adam began to study oil painting which seemed like a better fit for his ideas and interests. Adam then focused on a double major in Fine art and illustration. He received a BFA in illustration and fine art in 1998. Post-graduation found Adam exploring various avenues in the arts. He tried illustration, storyboarding, and concept art, but was not really at home doing commercial work. In 2001 he began teaching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He slowly began painting in oils. He moved into a large warehouse studio with fellow teacher and Korean-born artist David Choong Lee. In a space that was constantly visited by gallery owners, art clients, and working artists, Adam began to develop quickly. He constructed collages out of drawings and found images that he used as the basis for painting. He moved studios several times and now has a small solo space in the Mission district in SF. He shows at Thinkspace in LA, at Spoke Art in SF, and at Rook and Raven Gallery in London. He also sells prints and original work through the online galleries 5Pieces and 1XRun.