Gallery owner murdered in Blanchisseuse

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Gallery owner murdered in Blanchisseuse

Owner of the 101 Art Gallery in Newtown, Mark Pereira was shot and killed in Blanchisseuse on Monday night.

Police say he was gunned down in what they suspect was a robbery attempt.

He was at the time staying in his newly renovated home in the north coast village, which is one minute away from the police station.

Pereira was a publisher of art books in Trinidad and Tobago and promoted the works of Cazabon, Chang, Atteck, Holder, Codallo, Greenidge and O’Connor.

He has written and/or published books on Cazabon, Barbara Jardine and Meiling.

Pereira was born in TT during the mid-1950s, with his migrating to South Africa when he was seven. He returned to Trinidad at age 22.

The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in mourning his passing, wrote:
It is with deep sadness that the Art Society learnt of the untimely passing of Mark Pereira of 101 Art Gallery. Mark was a long standing friend and supporter of the Art Society. Throughout several incarnations of Board of the Art Society he showed his unwavering support. His Gallery, 101, recently became the first Commercial Member of the Art Society as we launched a new campaign to breathe new life into the society by collaborating with corporate partners.
The Art Society and by extension the entire Visual Art Community mourns his passing. We will miss his presence, which was always accompanied with a sophisticated flair. Mark was always generous with his wisdom which contributed significantly to the promotion and development of visual art in Trinidad and Tobago. Thank you for your service Mark.