Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most famous artists. Furthermore, he’s an eccentric critic of the Chinese government. He shows his appreciation for national monument like Tiananmen Square in his photo series Finger. He taunts the Chinese authorities constantly with his provocative films, installations and tweets. In April 2011 he was arrested and spent 81 days in prison. “I see myself as a chess player. I make my move, my opponent makes his.”
The bearded 54-year old artist with the friendly face is the son of one of china’s most well known poets, Ai Qing. During the Cultural Revolution Ai Qing was banned from Being, because the communists saw him as an enemy. For years, the family lives in Xinjiang, in the Northwest of China. After Mao’s death in 1976, the family relocates to Beijing.
Ai Weiwei studies in Beijing, at the Film academy. After that, he moves to the United States of America for twelve years. In1993 he comes back to China because of his fathers bad health. Since then his criticism becomes more intense and he starts to speak his mind about democracy and freedom of speech more often.