Ai Weiwei is an artist. Born in 1957, he currently resides and works in Beijing, China. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of mediums as expressions to set up new possibilities and conditions for his audience to examine society and its values.
Recent exhibitions include Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock UK, and @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in San Francisco.
A major exhibition of his work, Ai Weiwei is at the Royal Academy from 19 September until 13 December 2015.
Born: 1957 in Beijing, China
Elected Hon RA: 26 May 2011
Preferred media: Sculpture, Installation art, Architecture, and Film making