Factor demonstrating for his class at the Guangxi Arts Univeisty in Nanning, China, summer 2015
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. After a seven year span living in Bend, Oregon where he was the Founder and Director of the Bend Academy of Art, as well as the Coordinator and Lead Instructor of Satellite Campus Art Programs at Central Oregon Community College and a Professor of Fine Art and Design at Oregon State University, Factor moved back East. In the spring of 2021 he purchased an historic 1870s church in Bridgton Maine, renovated it and founded Factor Fine Art, a Center for the Arts, Gallery and Studio where he currently lives and works.
In the spring of 2023 Factor began working with Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg Maine, one of the oldest and most prestigious boarding high schools in the country, to redesign and renovate their visual and fine arts studio spaces, as well as restructure the entire curricula for the visual arts program. In the fall of 2023 he started a full time position at the Academy and will be running all of the studio arts courses including Art I, Narrative Image Making / Illustration, Portfolio, 3D Art / Sculpture, Ceramics and The Studio Arts Internship.