Born in the town of České Velenice on the Czech-Austrian border, Adolf Born studied Visual Art Education at the Pedagogical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague from 1949 to 1950. Since the 1960s his works have been exhibited all over the world. In 1974 Born was awarded a Grand Prix prize in Montreal.
He made many ex libris, mostly by the technique of colour lithography. His pictures often mix fantasy worlds, people and animals.