Jacob Pins (1917-2005) was born in Germany. He immigrated to Israel in 1936. In 1938-1941, he studied at the studio of Jacob Steinhardt in Jerusalem. In 1942, he created his first woodcuts. In 1945, he showed his work for the first time at the Ben Baruch Gallery in Tel Aviv and bought his first Japanese woodcut. In 1951, he traveled to London to explore the technique further. In 1956, Pins began to teach drawing and woodcut techniques at Bezalel School of Arts & Design. In 1957, he won a prize for his woodcuts at the first woodcut biennale in Tokyo, Japan. In 1960, he took part in the Venice Biennale. In 1961-1964, he began working in oils and co-founded the Jerusalem Artists' House in Jerusalem. In 1962, Pins was awarded the Israel Prize. In 1963, he became an honorary member of the Florence Academy of Art. In 1968, he participated in the first international woodcut biennale in Florence, Italy. In 1969, he represented Israel in the first woodcut triennale in Italy. In 1970, he showed his work at the international print biennale in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After retiring in 1977, Pins continued to teach at Bezalel and collect Far Eastern art. In 1980, his collection of Japanese art and prints was exhibited at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 1982, his book on Japanese prints was published in London.