Ai is an architect, sculptor, photographer, designer, and activist. Ai is an active supporter of human rights and openly critical about Chinese government’s strategies on human rights. He contributed as an artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 ‘Summer Olympics’ in collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. His recent exhibitions include: Bare Life, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA; Wo ist de Revolution? , Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Ai Weiwei: Unbroken, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada in 2019. In 2018 RAIZ, OCA, São Paulo, Brazil; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Belo Horizonte, Brasil; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cao/Humanity, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA, USA Fan-Tam, Mucem, Marseille, France and Inoculation, Corpartes, Santiago, Chile. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Mobile Immobile’, Archives Nationales Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Pierrefitte-sur- Seine, France in 2019. In 2018, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2050, A Brief History of the Future’, National Taiwan Museum of Art; Beating Around the Bush, Bonnefantemuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing. He studied animation at Beijing Film Academy in 1978-81, then at Parsons School of Design, New York in 1982. He returned to Beijing in 1984 and now lives in Berlin and Beijing.