Nevin Çokay was born in Istanbul in 1930. She spent her childhood in different regions of Turkey. In 1947 she started to attend to the studio of Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu at the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, which she concluded in 1953.
Her first exhibition took place in the Gallery "Maya" in Istanbul (1953).
Between 1950 and1953 she was a member of the State Choir for Turkish folk music under the direction of Nedim Otyam. Beside the participation in concerts and folkloric arrangements for example in Italy, she also worked as a voice artist and acted in the movie "Yurda Dönüş".
After 1954 she completely devoted herself to painting.
Her paintings were shown in special exhibitions of the State Museum for Painting and Sculptures Istanbul and the Biennial for Young Artist in Paris. In 1961 she won the second price of the Istanbul Art Festival. 1979 she was invited to Holland, where her paintings were exhibited in different museums and galleries in Deventer, The Hague and Rotterdam for the duration of one year.
Her works are found in public and private collections in Germany and Holland, in the Museum for Painting and Sculptures Istanbul, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the City Administration Istanbul, the University of Istanbul and the Umjetnicka Galerij in former Yugoslavia.
Nevin Çokay worked 17 years as a teacher for art and art history in high schools and gave 10 years of private painting lessons in different gallery studios. She was married and had a son.
She died at the age of 82 in Foça - İzmir on July 24, 2012.