Nives Kavuric-Kurtovic was born in Zagreb on January 18, 1938.

She was educated in Zagreb, right up to her graduation from the Fine Arts Academy in 1962. From 1962 to 1967 she was a fellow of the Master Class of Academician Krsto Hegedusic. Up to 1983 she lived as a professional artist, and since 1971 has been very closely connected to the Forum Gallery. Since 1983 she has been a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and since 1997 a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She has spent time studying in almost all the countries of Europe and the USA. Her works are to be found in many private and public collections, both in her country and in the world at large. .