Evan Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Joseph Sheppard and later attended the Schuler School of Fine Arts.
Wilson is known as a skilled painter of portraits, still lifes, and interior scenes. He has been featured in American Artist magazine, where he described his artistic processes and aims: "As I stand beside my easel looking at the furniture and objects I've selected to include in an oil painting, I think about the experiences people might have had while using them...If I can convey some portion of that experience in the finished painting, then I have done my job as an artist." (Wilson, 1990).
Although he currently lives in Hoosick, New York, Wilson's recent work has found inspiration in the South, where Wilson was born and raised. His interest in teh American South is reflected in his 1999 painting Down to the Water, Alabama Baptism. Wilson performed ten years of research for this painting, attending baptisms and studying photos and videos. The painting took six months to complete. "This is a ritual that has been going on for 2,000 years, and it's still being done the very same way it was then... So I can truthfully say I'm a contemporary painter, painting my contemporary times." (Wilson, 2004)
Wilson's paintings have won several prestigious honors and awards, including the Gold Medal of Honor from Knickerbocker Artists, the Macowin Tuttle Memorial First Prize Award from the Salmagundi Club, and the Alabama Arts Award from the University of Alabama Society of Fine Arts.
In the last thirty years, Wilson has had group and solo exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums, and his paintings are in the public collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina; the Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.