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 Arts at Syracuse University and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art where he graduated Cum Laude. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and he has taught and run art programs internationally for over 20 years.
Sociology, social psychology, the power of crowds and the inherent dynamic movement (dynamism) associated with these phenomena all inspire my work. I study closely the delicate relationships between movement and stillness in the individual as well within a group dynamic. My goal is to tap into and visually describe these universal expressions and postures. I am searching for the means and techniques to bring these commonalities to the minds, hearts and emotions of every person who makes contact with my works. The supreme ultimate is to transcend all cultural and personal relativity, to link all human beings together.