Miha Maleš was born in Jeranovo near Kamnik. He studied painting under Professors Ferdo Kovačević, Jozo Kljaković, Tomislav Krizman and Rudolf Valdec at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He graduated in 1923. He specialized in graphics under Professors August Brömse and Franz Thiele at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1927.
He won the Prešeren Award in 1977 for his graphics, paintings and illustration works.