After apprenticeship as a chaser, Fritz Nuss studied in Schwäbisch Gmünd under the tutelage of Albert Holl, in Munich under Hermann Hahn and in Stuttgart under Ludwig Habich. In 1943, he was appointed as a professor. From this time on he lived in Strümpfelbach, which is part of Weinstadt. Today a sculpture garden displays the extensive range of all that he has created. His son, who is also a sculptor, created this special garden.
Nuss led the class for sculptural design at the advanced technical college of design in Schwäbisch Gmünd for twenty years, from 1952 to 1972. At the same time, he created a comprehensive sculptural work of art that was recognized in numerous exhibitions around the world, as well as being recorded into the public collections. The lifelong subject of the sculptor Fritz Nuss is the human body, which he knew to represent in ever new facets and positions. Nuss made small as well as large sculptures for public spaces; he designed the Elly-Heuss-Knapp Memorial Fountain in Stuttgart and many other large sculptures and fountains in Aalen, Freudenstadt, Göppingen, Stuttgart etc.
Nuss was also a highly recognized medallist; where he didn't just gain recognition through design of art medals, but the idea for the design of the 5 DM commemorative coin, marking the 500th birthday of Albrecht Dürer came from him. Works that he created can now be found in many important collections of coins in the world (British Museum London; Numismatic Collection of the Berlin State Museums, etc.)