Born in Alexandria, Adham Wanly first studied oil painting with his brother, Seif, in the studio of the Italian painter Arturo Zanieri (1870 - 1955) who had also been the teacher of Alexandrian painter Mahmoud Saïd (1897 - 1964). In 1929, the Italian painter, Ottorino Bicchi (1878 - 1949), educated at the Academy in Florence, opened a studio in Alexandria and the Wanly brothers were among his first students. When Bicchi closed his studio and returned to Italy before the Second World War, the Wanly brothers together with their friends, the painter Ahmad Fahmi and the filmmaker Mohammed Bayoumi, opened their own studio in Alexandria in 1935. Adham also painted numerous landscapes of Alexandria, as well as views of Cairo and many European cities. With his brother Seif, he participated regularly in the Salons in Alexandria and Cairo, as well as in the Alexandria Biennial. In addition to being a painter, he was also a talented caricaturist and during the 1930's, he regularly published his satirical drawings in Egyptian newspapers and reviews, such al Ruz al-Yusuf. His works can be seen at the Seif and Adham Wanly Museum hosted in the villa of the Mahmoud Saïd Museum in Alexandria, the Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria, the Museum of Egyptian Modern Art in Cairo, the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, as well as in numerous private collections around the world.