Jayme Damasceno Dos Reis was born in 1958, in Itabira, Minas Gerais and moved to Belo Horizonte in 1970. At the age of 18, when he gets in the army, he starts to sculpt in argil imaginary creatures. What was a hobby at first becomes his greatest interest that leads him to research the art world in bookshops, libraries and museums.
Eventually the Taverna, a Spanish bar, inspires him the very start of his artistic carrier. He goes around Minas Gerais to take pictures of Churches and starts to sculpt in the wood crazy sceneries borrowed from the baroque movement. His first solo exhibition takes place at the Galeria Mandala, Belo Horizonte, in 1980.
The following year, he leaves to Europe to study and get to visit many museums. When he’s back in 1983, he produces as series of gravures and linoléogravures for the Oficina Goeldi. In 1985, he realizes a solo exhibition at the Cultural Center Carlos Drumond de Andrade, in Itabira, and the following year he takes part to the collective exhibition of the contemporary sculptors of Minas Gerais, at the Art Museum of Pampulha, in Belo Horizonte.
In 1987 the Secretary of Culture of Itajaí, Santa Catarina, invites Jayme to take part to the Open Workshop On Art Researches. The artist collects pieces of wood, old fishing nets, boat elements and others objects abandoned by the fishermen to make his own art pieces out of it. This Workshop allows Jayme to have a solo exhibition at the Casa de Cultura de Itajaí, after what he is invited by the artist Elke Hering to give sculpture lessons in her studio, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina.
This city motivates him to continue using objects left by the ocean in his art. In 1993 he presents for the first time a series of Boats in his solo exhibition “Cais” at the Arts Office « Fernando Pedro », Belo Horizonte, and then at the Itaugaleria, Goiânia.
In 1993 and 1994, Jayme takes part to the following collective exhibitions :
Utopias Contemporâneas ; at the Palacio das Artes (1992) ;
Compartimentos, Uma Arqueologia do Futuro, Grande Círculo das Pequenas Coisas, Cinema Ilusão (1993) ;
O Grau da Matéria, at the Fundação Cultural Carlos Drumond de Andrade, in Itabira;
Une Arqueologia do Futuro, at the Itaugaleria, Campinas – São Paulo (1993)
Hommenagem a Guinard, at the Casa Guinard, Ouro Preto (1994) ;
Projeto Macunaíma, at the Galeria da Funarte, Rio de Janeiro ;
Mostra Resumo no Palácio das Artes de BH ;
Tapete-ramalhete no mercado de diamantina, Minas Gerais (1994).
In 1995 Jayme takes part to the National Bienal in São Paulo and receives the first price of the Salão das Artes Plasticas of the city of Uberaba, Minas Gerais. From 1997 to 1999, he takes part to a collective exhibition at the Salão Nacional de Curitiba. His works are exhibited along with the Contemporary Mineiras Sculptures of Tiradentes.
Finally Jayme experimented new artistic techniques and dedicates himself to grattage and xilogravure. His works are refered in the following books: « O processo de modernização do espaço cultural mineiro“, Cristina Ávila BH; „Um século de história das artes plásticas em BH“, Marília Andrés Ribeiro e Fernando Pedro da Silva, BH; „Som, gesto, forma e cor: dimensões das artes e seu ensino“, Lúcia Gouvêa Pimentel BH.