According to authorities, a man has been apprehended in Brazil for his involvement in the murder of an American art dealer who was also a co-owner of a well-known gallery in Manhattan. The arrest was made on Thursday.
On Monday, 75-year-old Brent Sikkema was discovered deceased in his Rio de Janeiro apartment with 18 stab wounds.
The police in Rio state apprehended a male individual named Alejandro Triana Trevez in the vicinity of Uberaba, which is located in the neighboring state of Minas Gerais. According to reports from local media, the man, who is believed to be Cuban, had been evading authorities and was discovered resting at a gas station.
According to authorities, Trevez is suspected of stealing $3,000 from Sikkema’s residence. Det Felipe Curi, who heads the state police’s homicide department, stated to CBN Rio that the primary focus of the investigation is the possibility of theft resulting in a homicide.
According to Curi, our preliminary investigation shows that Alejandro [Trevez] traveled from São Paulo with the intention of committing this crime. He later went back to São Paulo, raising suspicions that he had access to confidential information.
Police obtained a warrant for Trevez’s 30-day imprisonment, which Curi stated would give them the opportunity to investigate other leads and determine if the two men had any connection.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co, established in 1991, exhibits pieces by artists such as Jeffrey Gibson, Arturo Herrera, Sheila Hicks, Vik Muniz, and Kara Walker at their location on 22nd Street in New York, close to the Chelsea Piers.
In 1971, Sikkema started working as the director of exhibitions at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He then established his own gallery in Boston in 1976.
In 2021, while visiting Zurich, Switzerland, Sikkema identified himself on Instagram as a “disorganized individual” and mentioned that he favors traveling to Brazil and Cuba.