Born on August 28, 1957, in Beijing, Ai Weiwei is one of the most prominent Chinese artists alive today. He is best known for his grand-scale conceptual art, capital realism, and installation artworks that draw attention to social engagement and human rights issues.
Ai established himself as an artist as a student in New York in the 1990s. Among his biggest influences are his poet father Ai Qing, Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Marcel Duchamp. His famous artworks include Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995), Study of Perspective Tiananmen Square (1995), and Ton of Tea (2008).