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Birthday ***, 1957
Place of Birth Beijing, China
Age 64 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai grew up in the far north-west of China, where he lived under harsh conditions due to his father's exile. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, for "economic crimes". He was detained for 81 days without charge. Ai Weiwei emerged as a vital instigator in Chinese cultural development, an architect of Chinese modernism, and one of the nation's most vocal political commentators. Ai Weiwei encapsulates political conviction and his personal poetry in his many sculptures, photographs and public works. In doing this, he makes use of Chinese art forms to display the Chinese political and social issues.

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About Ai Weiwei

Installation artist, rebel, sculptor, architect, filmmaker, and photographer who helped design the Beijing National Stadium.

Ai Weiwei before fame

He and his family lived in a Chinese labor camp and later, in exile. They returned to Beijing in 1976, and Ai studied animation at the Beijing Film Academy.

Achievement of Ai Weiwei

His famous 2010 installation art work, "Sunflower Seeds," served as political and social commentary on Chinese mass consumption, collective work, famine, and industry. A documentary was made about him called "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" in 2012.

Ai Weiwei family life

He married the artist Lu Qing and had an extramarital affair that produced a son. His father was the Chinese poet Ai Qing.

Associations of Ai Weiwei

He lived and studied in New York City during the 1980s and early 90s. During this period, he was introduced to the work of pop artist Andy Warhol.

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Latest information about Ai Weiwei updated on June 14 2021.

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