Born in Rio de Janeiro, Celeida Tostes graduated from the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes, receiving a scholarship from the US government to study at the University of Southern California, where she was able to deepen her knowledge on industrial ceramic techniques. In parallel with her artistic work, she acted throughout her life as a teacher in academic activities. Celeida chose clay as the raw material par excellence of her work, going beyond it’s functionality and placing it as a form of experimental exercise within the scope of research in contemporary art. The theme of femininity is a guiding thread of her work, accompanied by other themes related to it: fertility, sexuality, motherhood, fragility and resistance, birth and death, body. Theme and raw material complement each other: relationship with the earth, with the organic, the inorganic, the animal, the vegetable. For her, the material is transformed into ceramic bodies, the desire is the fusion of the material with her own body. In the work Rito de Passagem, Celeida, with the help of two assistants, wraps herself in clay, forming an amphora around herself, then slips out of this symbolic womb, and is reborn.