Jože Ciuha was born in Trbovlje. He studied painting under Professors France Mihelič and Gojmir Anton Kos at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. He graduated in 1950. He continued his studies with a specialization in mural painting under Professor Slavko Pengov, and completed it in 1952.
In 1968, he won the Prešeren Fund Award for his paintings exhibited at Mala galerija in Ljubljana.