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 Magna 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 where he is the Founder and Director of the Bend Academy of Art, and teaches at Oregon State University and Central Oregon Community College, where he is the Satellite Campus Art Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor.