Born in Lovitsh (Łowicz),
Poland, to Chasidic parents. As a child, W. used to draw
various "personages" with a crayon at home and in
cheder. Through a cousin who had brought him oil paints and
a paint brush, W. took to painting and then kneaded the figure
of "David and Goliath", etc., which was
noticed by the local Polish arts connoisseur, Torchinsky
who exhibited in an art exhibition. The Polish painter Stsheminski became interested in W. and taught him the
profession, and also took him on further excursions to
become more familiar with nature.
In 1909, W. arrived in
Warsaw and with difficulty succeeded in getting himselr into
the painting academy, later sending himself to the
chairman of the Polish arts society "Zakhenta" to Pars,
where W. studied and painted theatre scenery.
Returning to Warsaw, W.
dedicated himself to the Yiddish theatre, for which he
created the scenery for Gutskov's "Uriel Acosta",
Katsenelson's "Karikaturn", Opatoshu's "Heym blut",
Rolland's "Wolves", Broderzon's "David and Bathsheba",
Asch's "Kiddush Hashem", Malach's "Farkoyfte hertser"
[also performed under the name "Ibergus" and "Gasn-meydlekh"],
O'Neill's "Di tauh," et al.
W. especially was dedicated
to the Yiddish small arts stage and painted many sets for "Azazel"