Željko Lapuh was born in 1951 in Split, Croatia. In 1971 he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the painting department in the class of Ljubo Ivančić. In 1972 he passed Ferdinand Kulmer’s course in large life studies and the small life study drawing course of Ivan Lovrenčić. He graduated with his degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Šime Perić.
From 1976 to 1980 he was an associate in the Master Workshop of Ljubo Ivančić and Nikola Reiser. Since 1976 he has had more than 40 solo exhibitions and participated in 200 group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Sweden, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, USA, Canada and India).