Murdered Art Dealer Brent Sikkema’s Ex-Husband Arrested in New York

Brent Sikkema (photo courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Company)

Daniel Sikkema, the ex-husband of the New York art dealer Brent Sikkema, who is embroiled in allegations that he orchestrated his former partner’s murder in Brazil earlier this year, was arrested in New York on Wednesday, March 20. 

A media spokesperson for the Southern District Court of New York told Hyperallergic that as of Thursday, March 21, a federal judge ruled that Daniel Sikkema could be released upon signing a bond and would then be fitted with an ankle monitor. According to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, he was apprehended after attempting to forge his passport. 

Brazilian prosecutors have been pursuing Daniel Sikkema in the wake of the murder of Brent Sikkema, the founder of Manhattan’s Sikkema Jenkins & Company gallery who was stabbed numerous times at his residence in Rio de Janeiro on January 14. After examining video surveillance footage from outside the art dealer’s residence on the night of his death, Brazilian police arrested 30-year-old suspect Alejandro Triana Prevez in connection with the crime on January 18.

Hyperallergic has attempted to reach Daniel Sikkema’s attorney for comment.

Prevez, who worked for Daniel and Brent Sikemma as security in Cuba, confessed to the crime in an interrogation but claimed that Daniel Sikemma had hired him to do it for roughly $40,000. He also alleged that Daniel Sikkema had sent him a key to access Brent Sikkema’s residence in the city’s Jardim Botânico neighborhood. Police said in a report that they found a selfie Prevez had taken in Sikkema’s kitchen. The investigation also confirmed phone calls between Prevez and Daniel Sikkema using a burner phone. An order for Daniel Sikkema’s arrest was issued by Rio de Janeiro judge Tula Corrêa de Mello on February 10 and then sent to Interpol.

In an audio message to Hyperallergic, Gregorio Andrade, one of Prevez’s lawyers, expressed his indignation that Daniel Sikkema was not arrested earlier and that he could soon be released on bail. 

“It’s absurd that a man for whom a judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered an arrest warrant could be freed,” Andrade said. “It’s unthinkable that the arrest was carried out in this way, given the gravity of the crime, and given that the suspect might even be trying to leave the country.”

Valentina Di Liscia contributed reporting.

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