Wilson was born in the bush at Gulnga, close to Arnhem Bay. He was taken to Yirrkala by his father as a young boy and was chosen to take over ceremonial obligations for the Datiwuy people as a young man. He has lived at Elcho Island and now resides at Milingimbi where he previously worked in the art centre as the boss for traditional materials harvesting. He is an extremely knowledgeable and powerful song man who paints intricate designs from both his mother and father’s estates.
Wilson has made art works for Buku Larrngay Mulka Art Centre and Elcho Island Art and Craft in the past and has travelled overseas to perform.