Jože Ciuha was born in Trbovlje. In 1950 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. During his career he traveled extensively, his artistic style influenced by time spent in Macedonia as a student, as well as Paris and the Far East in the 1950s, and North and South America during the 1960s. Ciuha taught at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg in the 1970s, as well as the Western Michigan University, and the International Graphic School in Venice and Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana.
Ciuha worked with a variety of media, including watercolour, drawing, illustration, mosaic and tapestry. He additionally produced poetry and other writings. His work has been exhibited prolifically, and is held in several major international art institutions.