Born in Alert Bay in 1946, Eugene Hunt was the son of Chief Thomas Hunt and Emma Hunt.
As a member of the Fort Rupert band of the Kwagiulth, he spent roughly four years carving at Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria in the early 1960s. At Thunderbird Park, Eugene was under the tutelage of Mungo Martin, as well as Henry and Tony Hunt. He put his artwork on hold for the next twenty-five years during which time he became a commercial fisherman. In 1987, Eugene resumed carving and also took up painting.
During his latter years he worked closely with Calvin Hunt, George Hunt Jr., and John Livingston.
Eugene passed away in 2002.