Ai Wei-wei (born 1957, Beijing, China), Chinese artist and activist who produced a multifaceted array of creative work, including sculptural installations, architectural projects, photographs, and videos. While Ai’s art was lauded internationally, the frequently provocative and subversive dimension of his art, as well as his political outspokenness, triggered various forms of repression from Chinese authorities.
In 1981, Ai Wei-wei begins studying at Parson’s Design Institute in New York, in the following year he hosted his first Solo Exhibition in Asia Foundation, San Francisco. Ai Wei-wei returned to Beijing, China in 1993, where he involves in local Contemporary Art Groups. His works frequently took part in prestigious international exhibitions, such as Shanghai Biennale (2000), St. Paul’s Biennale and Venice Architecture Biennale (2010), Documenta Kassel (2013), and Venice Biennale (2013).