Marcos Damascena was born in Poções Bahia in 1981 and rooted in São Paulo, where he began his artistic career studying with what was considered the biggest names in art education in his country. He studied drawing technique and live figure drawing with professor Luis Alberto, in the Association Paulista of Fine Arts. Afterwards, he studied the theory of color and anatomy of animals, with emphasis on the study of horses with the master, Jorge Abraham Esteves.
His talent developed with surprising speed. Damascena defined his style by painting in thin layers and depicting extraordinary details, a quality that has enabled him to be honored with several awards.
Deciding to depict recognizable forms, he then began a new phase of his career using the human being as the basis of his work. He focused on the soul of the subject in various stages and the expressions and intimate moments intrinsic to each individual. The characteristic details drew the attention of several critics and dealers, marking his presence in Brazilian realistic painting.
He is praised by critics as being both classical and modern. Damascena is a legacy in Brazil, hailed for his technical and creative skill. He is one of the founders of the vanguard realistic movement of ARV.