ArtReview magazine named Ai Weiwei the most powerful artist in the world. I’m not sure if that’s true but he’s definitely made a splash. Ai Weiwei isn’t just making art to look pretty in someone’s house. Ai’s fighting for what he believes in.
His art highlights various social injustices suffered by Chinese citizens. The underpaid workers, children who have died and been forgotten about. Something that’s extremely important to him. People either love him or hate him but there’s no in between.
He uses all sorts of mediums like sculptures, objects, paintings and photos and uses twitter to get the word out. He’s been jailed. Has had his passport confiscated – all in the name of making the world a better place. Though we may not have the Ai’s commitment to his purpose – we can surely draw inspiration from his courage.