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Camille Bombois was born in Vernarey-les-Laumes, Cotes d'Or in France in 1883. He was educated at Laroche from 1889 until 1899, and self-educated in painting after 1899. He served in the French Army from 1914 to 1918 on active duty in Chemen-Creux and Chenemdes-Dames and he was decorated for bravery three times.
Bombois worked as a circus strong man, a night watchman, a builder and a newspaper typesetter in Paris until 1924. Then he painted full time from 19 (showing 500 of 1250 characters).