Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most renowned contemporary artists alive today. Known for his social commentary, Ai Weiwei uses a variety of mediums and materials in his conceptual, readymade-inspired art, and he has recently expanded his practice into the domains of documentary film and architecture.
In Ai Weiwei’s artistry, visual representations are closely linked to the dealings of the activist. The boldness, often associated with significant artistries, extends through Ai Weiwei to include the necessary bravery of those dedicated to fight injustice. Always present is his sharp sense for political and ideological impact, Ai Weiwei's artistry is made into an instrument of change through extensive exhibition works and digital tools – all in the effort to instill hope and courage and to, really, make the world a better place.
Ai Weiwei’s work is represented in many of the world’s most famous museums, including the Tate Modern in London and the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.