Adri van Kooten was born in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. He started out working for an advertising agency in the early 1980s, before he entered the comics field through Martin Lodewijk. He illustrated one of Lodewijk's scripts with the character 'De Kat', called 'De Kat in Kitzbühel'. He then became one of the driving forces behind the amateur magazine Yéch, together with Willem Ritstier, Minck Oosterveer and Caren Peeters. In this magazine, he first used the pseudonym Victor Zilverberg, impersonating a fictional illustrator who worked in the "atom style", inspired by Serge Clerc and Yves Chaland. He created 'Miss Purpleheart' and subsequently used the signature for a couple of advertising assignments and his illustration work for publisher Helemaal Hopeloos.
Between 1998 and 2000, he made a couple of short stories for Zone 5300 with Pieter van Oudheusden. These, completed with some new ones, were collected in the album 'De Laatste Engel' by Bee Dee in 2002. A second collaboration with Van Oudheusden resulted in the album 'Spertijd' in 2006. In 2003 and 2004 he worked with Martin Lodwijk again on the Dutch manga 'Quark' for SAF/Prestige.