Michael Backman (photographed here in Nizwa, Oman in early 2019) is a London-based writer, collector & gallerist. He is the author of 8 books on Asian politics, business & culture; founder of the eponymous London gallery Michael Backman Ltd; & the Founder of World Art Now.
QUESTION 1 – What is your favourite city in the world?
It has to be London. I was not born in London but I felt that I had come home the day I first arrived. I love its diversity, its messiness and its creativity. I thank God everyday for it.
QUESTION 2 – What is your favourite book?
M by Peter Robb. The book simply has the letter ‘M’ as its title. It is a remarkable account of the presumed life of Caravaggio. Robb’s writing style is utterly innovative. The book is about a painter but it is Robb’s writing style that is the real art.
QUESTION 3 – Name two of your favourite dishes, or favourite restaurant.
Beef rendang in London’s Bali Bali restaurant, and iles flottantes in La Fontaine de Mars in Paris. But I think my current favourite restaurant is Ruen Urai in Bangkok.
QUESTION 4 – What was your best ever holiday?
A trip to Iceland with my son.
QUESTION 5 – What three things do you value most in the world?
My partner, my son, and my mind.