Born in the Belgian town of Namur in 1876, Eugene Colignon studied at the local academy before graduating to the Academy of Brussels. Here he received painting instruction under the great Isidore Verheyden who instilled within the young artist a love of Impressionism. After graduating, Colignon travelled to France and first saw the works of Seurat and Signac that would influence him so greatly. Returning to Belgium around 1905 he started painting professionally and used a colorful, light palette much in the manner of those French painters that had so enlighten him. Although he painted frequently in Belgium he found the strong, clear light of North Africa and Southern France more conducive to his style of work.
In 1930 Eugene Colignon was offered and accepted the position of Professor of Drawing at the Academy of Namur, a post he would hold for sixteen years. His paintings can be seen today at the Academy and also at the Musee de Namur.