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Reignier was born in 1897 in Niort. He lived for many years in Venezuela and Colombia, before returning permanently in France in 1958.
He studied in 1920 at the Académie Julian , and at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.
Reignier's work was rediscovered in the 1980s and was the subject of extensive research by Gerard Aubisse who published in 1995 under the title Echiré L. Reigner , chronological and monograph of 215 pages with many illustrations.