The CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Awards) is an initiative of Swiss collector Uli Sigg who had established this award to recognized Chinese artists and art critics on a biannual basis. The CCAA is the first academic and independent Chinese art award where since it was established had recognized 18 artists and 4 critics for the last 15 years.
For 2012, the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards announced its Best Artist, Best Young Artist and Lifetime Contribution Artist which was decided by the jury which comprises of renowned Chinese and foreign experts on contemporary art like Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Chris Dercon, Feng Boyi, Huang Zhuan, Li Zhenhua and Lars Nittve.
Christov-Bakargiev is the curator of Documenta 13, Kassel 2012 and the Sydney Biennale 2008 while other members of the panel are also renowned practitioners in their own respective fields. There were 45 nominees and 3 of them were chosen after a one-week review and a 2-day closed-door discussion among the panel and it was then decided that Pak Sheung-Chuen, a Hong Kong-based artist would be the Best Artist with his expression of everyday situations and human emotions in the body of work that drew the interest of the judges.
Meanwhile, the Best Young Artist was given to nominees below 30 years of age and it was won by Yan Xing, a 26 year old artist who works with a wide variety of media including video, literature and performance arts. Geng Jianyi won the Lifetime Contribution Award where he has been involved in the Chinese contemporary art scene for about 30 years .