At the expense of Ai Weiwei’s dissident art-making practices comes quite a bit of legal pressure from the Chinese government. Weiwei has been arrested numerous times, for a variety of things. And, whenever this happens, Liu Xiaoyuan has had his back as his lawyer over the years. This is less than a trivial position, considering just how often Weiwei finds himself in trouble. In April 2011, the government accused him of tax evasion. This led to the disappearance of not the artist, but of the lawyer himself (it was part of a larger government crackdown on human rights lawyers). Regardless if you know the name or not, Liu Xiaoyuan is a distinctive force behind the scenes, fighting for the rights of Weiwei and, by proxy, artists and humanitarians all over China.