The artist – born in Stockholm in 1963 – studied applied arts and design at the Konstfack Stockholm from 1984 to 1986 before she graduated in fine arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. Her works have already been world-widely presented in international exhibitions – amongst others in the context of the biennial art festivals in Venice, Istanbul, Johannesburg and Melbourne and exhibitions in museums in Breda, Thessaloniki, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Madrid and Barcelona. In 2006 the Liljevalchs konsthall in Stockholm organized a considerable solo-show, which was accompanied by an extensive catalogue, which includes her early installations as well as her first paintings. Since 2005 the works of the Swedish artist are present at art fairs as the Art Basel, the Art Basel Miami Beach and the Armory Show in New York. In 2008 a monograph was published, which provides an extensive outline of the paintings from the past two years.
Meta Isæus-Berlin is interested in the interplay of dream and reality – their reciprocal fertilization and traverse of imagination and reception, the unconscious and the conscious, the internal and external reality. In the foreword of her monograph the artist writes: "Images of reality do not exist, as soon as I try to create them, they disappear“. Her work is slowly created by a process of sorting and filtering of sensations, cogitations and emotions. The initial point of all her paintings originates from the external world: the daily sensual and social environment of the artist.