Profession: Artist and Activist
Biography: Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist known for his criticism of the Chinese government and his political advocacy of democracy and human rights. He was arrested in 2011 and held by the Chinese government for 81 days without charge.
His artworks tend to unite traditional Chinese forms with a constant concern with contemporary social and political issues.
- 2010-11-05 Ai Weiwei is reportedly placed under house arrest by Chinese authorities because of a planned party to mark the demolition of his new studio in Shanghai