Tia Factor received her BFA from the California College of the Arts (CCA) and her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions from Oregon to Denmark, Chicago to Tasmania, and exhibited in such notable venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Richmond Art Center (CA), Oliver Art Center (CCA, Oakland), Southern Exposure (SF), Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery (UT), Torrance Art Museum (CA), Swarm Gallery (CA), The Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe) and the Schneider Museum at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Factor has been featured in art magazines and on-line publications including Bear Deluxe, Stretcher, Artweek, New American Paintings, NAU NUA (Spain), art ltd., and in No Place, a catalog made possible by a RACC Professional Development Grant. She is a Senior Instructor for the School of Art + Design at Portland State University.
Factor's work is concerned with the concept of topophilia, a term coined by geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, which is defined as the emotional connections between the physical environment and human beings.
Factor's studio practice incorporates the social element of interviewing others which becomes the jumping-off point for her paintings. She observes how people describe place, recording the distortions, emotions, projections, ambitions, aspirations, or romanticized elements that come in to play when describing personal experiences of place. The discrepancies between the concrete, objectively perceived elements of our surroundings and the less tangible, intuitively accessed realities of place are the focal point of the images.
While referencing the tradition of historical landscape painting, often utilizing idyllic, romantic and pastoral imagery, Factor blurs the boundaries of representational space with her passion for abstraction and the physical gestures of painting itself.