Born in San Francisco, California on June 1, 1879, Wilke was raised in the Mission District and studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews.
Accompanied by Joseph Raphael, he traveled to Paris on a scholarship for further study under Laurens. Prior to his departure he took French lessons from Nettie McConnell for whom he sent and married in Paris in 1903.
After returning to San Francisco in 1905, he worked at Shreve's as a gold and silver designer for 33 years and, during the 1930s, worked with famed printer John Henry Nash. Wilke died in Palo Alto, California on June 18, 1958.
Member: Calif. Society of Min. Painters; San Francisco Art Association; Calif. Society of Etchers (fir
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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