RIO DE JANEIRO — A suspect was arrested within the brutal killing in Brazil of an American artwork seller who was the co-owner of a outstanding gallery in Manhattan, police stated Thursday.
Brent Sikkema, 75, was discovered lifeless on Monday with 18 stab wounds in his Rio de Janeiro condominium.
Rio state police arrested a person who they recognized as Alejandro Triana Trevez close to the town of Uberaba, within the neighboring state of Minas Gerais. The person, who native media say is Cuban, was on the run and was discovered resting in a fuel station.
Police stated that Trevez allegedly took $3,000 from Sikkema’s house. Detective Felipe Curi, who leads the state police murder unit, instructed CBN Rio that the principle line of investigation is theft resulting in murder.
“Preliminary findings of our investigation point out that Alejandro (Trevez) got here from Sao Paulo particularly to commit this crime,” Curi stated. He then returned to Sao Paulo, main investigators to consider he had “some type of privileged info.”
Regulation enforcement obtained a 30-day jail warrant towards Trevez, which Curi stated would enable them to discover different leads and reply questions akin to whether or not the 2 males knew one another.
Initially based in 1991, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. reveals works by Jeffrey Gibson, Arturo Herrera, Sheila Hicks, Vik Muniz, Kara Walker and different artists on twenty second Road in New York close to the Chelsea Piers.
Sikkema started his profession in 1971 on the Visible Research Workshop in Rochester, New York, the place he labored as director of exhibitions. He opened his first gallery in 1976 in Boston.
In 2021, throughout a visit to the Swiss metropolis of Zurich, Sikkema described himself on Instagram as a “chaos type of man” and stated Brazil and Cuba had been his most well-liked sort of vacation spot.
Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, whose work has been showcased in Sikkema’s gallery, paid tribute to his good friend’s nice “humanity.”
“I’ve spent greater than thirty years of my life attempting to pointlessly emulate his juggling of fearlessness, kindness and class,” Muniz wrote beneath a photograph of his mom and Sikkema he posted this week on Instagram. “Brent coated his flaws with humor with the identical grace he hid his immense expertise behind humbleness.”
“I owe a variety of who I’m as an artist to him, and with him, a part of that appears to have disappeared eternally,” Muniz wrote.