Wolins was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He studied at the National Academy of Design from 1935 to 1941 under Leon Kroll. He also studied in Europe in and during that time was particularly influenced by the Italian painters Piero della Francesca, Mantegna and Giotto.
The Paris Exposition of 1937 afforded a unique opportunity to study Modern European Painting. Wolins was one of the New York area artists associated with the W.P.A. Art Project, 1935-1941. Considered an "artist's artist," Further trial and experiment in painting for the next five years led to participating in group exhibitions. Wolins had many one man and group shows (the first one-man show was held at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York, in 1947). He also exhibited at the World's Fair and he was the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Wolins' work is held by various museums, including The Smithsonian American Art Museum and is carried by numerous well-known galleries around the United States, including Kennedy Gallery in New York City.
EXHIBITIONS: World Fair, New York; J.B. Neumann Gallery, New York; Toledo Museum, Toledo, Ohio; Corcoran Art Gallery, Washingtop, D.C.; University of Illinois Art Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia; Whitney Museum, New York; Sao Paolo Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Norfolk Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio.
ONE-MAN SHOWS: Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York; Bodley Gallery, New York; Silvermine Guild, Norwalk, Connecticut; Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Adler Gallery, New York; Perlow Gallery, New York.
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Norfolk Museum, Virginia; Albrecht Museum, St. Joseph's University, Missouri; The Museum in Ein Hod, Israel; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; Wichita Art Museum, Kansas; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut; New Britain Museum, Connecticut; Boca Raton Museum, Florida; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Ball State University Art Museum, Muncie, Indiana. PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: Richard Rogers; Melber Chambers; J. Weschler; Dr. and Mrs. Abram Kardiner; Lewis Harris; Charles Jackson; Alvin Grauer; Richard Lazaar; Rick Mester. AWARDS: The Mark Rothko Award; Audubon Arts; National Institute of Arts and Letters; American Society of Contemporary Artists.