Ai lives with his family, including his wife and young son. He said life is returning to a semblance of normality. On Friday, the artist was somewhat preoccupied with a missing cat, one of many that he keeps on his compound. "This cat always wants to escape. He's a very smart cat," he said. "I don't know if I should congratulate him or keep worrying."
In art circles, Ai is known for his impish sense of humor. One of his best-known photographic series features a middle finger raised at various national monuments around the world.