Ronald York Wilson was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1907. He studied commercial art at Central Technical School and first worked at Brigden's engraving house in Toronto in 1926.
He became a full-time painter in 1950. He traveled to Mexico in 1950 and 1953 where he sparked an interest in mural painting.
Wilson has been recognized for paintings of the burlesque, abstracts, and other social commentary works. He also created a number of commissioned murals for insitutions such as McGill University.
He was a member of The Royan Canadian Academy.
He died in Toronto, Ontario in 1984.