Maia Isola was born in Riihimaki, Finland in 1927. She studied arts and painting at the Helsinky art school from 1946 to 1949.In 1949 she was hired as a textile designer by Printex, a Finnish textile company founded by Viljjo Ratia. From 1951 she designed for another Finnish textile company, Marimekko. She designed colorful abstract pattern that are very much liked in many countries as the United States where she started selling her fabrics from 1959. She drew inspiration from traditional folk art, modern visual art, nature and her countless trips around the world.