Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and a social activist. His work encompasses diverse fields including fine arts, curating, architecture and social criticism. Born in Beijing in 1957 as son of the famous poet and activist Ai Quing. The family had to move to Xinjiang between 1960 and 1976. As one of the first students able to study abroad Ai Weiwei relocated to the United States in 1981 and lived there until 1993. He began creating conceptual art by altering readymade objects. His time in New York (1983-1993) he documented with photograhies – now known as the New York Photographs. His artworks are created as concept art, whereby he usually let realize his ideas on a large scale. He currently resides and works in Beijing and Berlin.