Born in 1958 into a family of landscape painters, Wilson Hand Kidde grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and London and now lives in New York City. His career in the arts began with a summer job at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After graduation from Princeton University he studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California. He returned to work at the historic Midtown Gallery that represented several estates of figurative New York painters of the Ashcan School and the Annina Nosei Gallery that represented Jean Michel Basquiat. He subsequently worked at the Petersburg Press, a U.K. based fine art press that published limited edition prints and books by artists including David Hockey, Jasper Johns, Howard Hodgkin and many others.
Wilson had been a painter and sculptor his entire life, in recent years focusing primarily on landscape paintings in oil and watercolor. His works have been included in several group exhibitions in Chicago, Hudson, NY, and New York City. His work is in a number of important private collections including three in the Harris Collection that were published in Discover magazine and the Chicago Tribune.