Ai Weiwei

1957 - Today

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Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi, English pronunciation (help·info); born 28 August 1957) is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai grew up in the far north-west of China, where he lived under harsh conditions due to his father's exile. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ai Weiwei has received more than 2,242,930 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Ai Weiwei is the 33rd most popular artist (down from 25th in 2019), the 328th most popular biography from China (down from 237th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Artist.

Ai Weiwei is most famous for his work as an artist, architect, and social activist. He has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government and has been detained for his activism.

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Among artists, Ai Weiwei ranks 33 out of 77Before him are Ulay, Akira Yoshizawa, Bernt Notke, Edward Burne-Jones, Méret Oppenheim, and Barnett Newman. After him are John Heartfield, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Theo Jansen, and Herbert Bayer.

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Among people born in 1957, Ai Weiwei ranks 30Before him are Falco, Clara Ponsatí, Spike Lee, Richard E. Grant, Paul Kagame, and Rinat Dasayev. After him are Carrie Lam, Rumiko Takahashi, Caroline Kennedy, Michael Madsen, Fran Drescher, and Nick Cave.

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In China

Among people born in China, Ai Weiwei ranks 328 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Wenzong of Tang (809), Meng Haoran (690), Yelü Chucai (1189), Linji Yixuan (850), Dong Biwu (1886), and Marquis of Haihun (-92). After him are Emperor Shun of Han (115), Dong Zhongshu (-179), 11th Dalai Lama (1838), Külüg Khan (1281), Xi Zhongxun (1913), and Zhao Tuo (-230).

Among ARTISTS In China

Among artists born in China, Ai Weiwei ranks 1After him are Hu Zhengyan (1584) and Tyrus Wong (1910).

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