Lyle Wilson was born in 1955 and raised in the Haisla community of Kitamaat, near the townsite of Kitamat, south of Prince Rupert, in British Columbia.
The Haisla Clan system is matrilineal and although Wilson was born into the Beaver Clan, he was formally adopted into his father’s Eagle Clan, and thus a stylized image of the Eagle crest often appears as the artist’s signature in his prints and drawings.
Wilson was enrolled in the University of British Columbia’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) in 1976. Wilson and went on to study fine arts and education at both the University of BC and the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. He graduated with a Print-Making Diploma and began to develop his individual artistic style. This style has its roots in graphics but the concepts learned from all his life experiences — including his formal education — is to be seen in his three dimensional works in wood and jewellery.