Ian Factor was born in Boston, Massachusetts and began his formal art training at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts School and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and continued at the Art Students League and the National Academy in New York City. Factor earned his BFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art where he graduated Cum Laude. His work has been exhibited and featured in galleries and museums worldwide, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Boston, Maine, Paris, Florence, Siena and Pietrasanta Italy. It is held in private and public collections internationally. A professor of fine art, illustration and design for over 20 years, Factor has taught and run programs in universities and academies from New York City to Guangxi China. He currently lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University and Central Oregon Community College, where he is the Coordinator of Satellite Campus Art Programs.
Factor’s recent paintings and drawings offer visual and conceptual narratives which inspire questions and explore ideas based on energy, dynamism and social psychology. At the same time, his work pulls the viewer into a direct, visceral and emotional experience with the subjects he portrays. His themes range from wildfires and their parallels of modern society’s narcissistic, voyeuristic obsessions with technology, social media and “selfies” to the intensity and crowded solitude of a New York City subway during rush hour. In addition to these narratives, Factor continues to focus on intimate portraits of individuals he meets in his daily life who have influenced him in some way. The constant underlying motive and theme in all his work is his search for moments of calm resolve in the midst of chaos, internally and externally. His process is rooted in the desire for connection, love and freedom in a world of increasing pressures towards the opposites.