never sorry / ai weiwei


Never Sorry


Mixed media on canvas

200 / 189cm

2016 – 2019

Ovidiu Batista


”Freedom is a pretty strong thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart, and no one can take it away.” Ai Weiwei.


The ‘Never Sorry’’ painting came to life after watching the «Ai Weiwei Never Sorry» documentary, also known as the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. The powerful impact that this film has had is being transposed into the present painting that represents the image of the artist who provided us with the nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

            Therefore, analyzing from the perspective of the meaningful impact that he has as an independent artist, intensely preoccupied with incessant social involvement and his political provocations, the conflict of his creation consists in trying to uncover and focus all the attention on the real problems existent in the shade of the Chinese government. His dedication and compassion for the people in general, and the young people in particular, is obvious: he repeatedly stated ”I don’t want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did.”  

I can confidently  affirm that it was all these acts of Ai Weiwei- preoccupation that we can see in his works-, that motivated and empowered me, making me feel like I was really able to

realize this painting.

            The very rich color palette, the strong contrast between them, the explosive brushing and the use of the hands in the act of painting, all these refer to the conflict existent in the artist’s condition in relation to the political society of his motherland.

            All of the elements used emphasise the censorship of the freedom of speech and seek to inform the general population on their rights and freedoms, particularly the right to freely express yourself.

never sorry